Moving the Needle

This  initiative seeks to increase the number of women in senior leadership positions in higher education through programs, research, and resources.

According to ACE’s The American College President 2012 report, only 26% of the nation’s college and university presidents are women.

The American Council on Education’s Women’s Network Executive Council will lead the effort to raise national awareness of the importance of achieving parity and to suggest practices aimed at achieving the goal of equal representation of women in senior leadership positions in higher education. This collaborative, multi-association initiative seeks to increase the number of women in senior leadership positions in higher education through programs, research, and resources.

Goals
  1. Generate a national sense of urgency elevating the need for advancing women in higher education leadership positions.
  2. Encourage governing boards and other higher education institutional decision- & policy-making bodies to consider practices for recruiting and hiring women to chief executive offices.
  3. Achieve women’s advancement to mid-level and senior-level positions in higher education administration by building capacities in women and in institutions.
  4. Suggest practices and models that recognize success in advancing women in higher education.