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Gender Equity

  • The ACE Women’s Network facilitates the networking of women interested in pursuing leadership opportunities in higher education. A four-part structure—Women’s National Executive Council (WNEC), state-based networks, presidential sponsors, and institutional representatives—facilitates these connections, allows for the sharing of best practices, particularly at the State Coordinators’ Annual Conference, and enables local leadership training by the state networks. The ACE Women’s Network draws from the resources of ACE’s Inclusive Excellence Group and provides a means for implementing a set of core principles in supporting women leaders in higher education.

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  • ACE Convenes Discussion on Women in Higher Education Leadership

    Although women earn the majority of postsecondary degrees, they occupy just 26 percent of all college presidencies, according to recent data from ACE. To coordinate efforts to bridge that gap, ACE’s Inclusive Excellence Group last month convened Working Together to Move the Needle: Advancing Women in Higher Education Leadership.

  • ACE Women’s Network

    ​The ACE Women’s Network is a national system of networks within each state, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia with the goal of advancing and supporting women in higher education.

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    February 25, 2015

    Madlyn Hanes, Penn State Vice President for Commonwealth Campuses, to Receive Donna Shavlik Award

    The award will be presented at ACE's 97th Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, during the Women's Leadership Dinner on Saturday, March 14.

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    September 19, 2014

    Higher Ed Spotlight: Single Parent Students

    This infographic provides statistics on undergraduate single parents in postsecondary education. In the 2011–2012 academic year, U.S. colleges and universities enrolled 3.5 million students who are also single parents, a group that represents 15.2% of the undergraduate population. This growing demographic group of post-traditional students must balance academic, family, and work responsibilities at the same time.

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    March 9, 2014

    Kerger: Women Leaders Must Focus on Mentoring the Next Generation

    Paula Kerger, president and CEO of PBS, gave the keynote speech March 8 at the ACE Women’s Leadership Dinner.

  • March 25, 2013

    USAID and Higher Education for Development Announce Women's Leadership Program

    The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Higher Education for Development (HED) have announced that five universities in the United States have been selected to partner with higher education institutions in five countries to promote gender equality and women’s leadership.

  • March 2, 2013

    ACE Honors Juliet V. Garcia and Karen S. Haynes at Women's Leadership Dinner

    ACE has awarded Juliet García, president of The University of Texas at Brownsville, with the ACE Lifetime Achievement Award and Karen Haynes, president of California State University San Marcos, with the 2013 Donna Shavlik Award.

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    July 24, 2012

    Undergraduate Degrees Conferred, by Field of Study and Gender: 2009-10

    The Center for Policy Research and Strategy is responsible for the content in ACE Fact Sheets on Higher Education.

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    March 5, 2011

    ACE Honors Susan L. Perry With 2011 Donna Shavlik Award

    ACE this evening honored Susan L. Perry, a pioneer in the integration of computing and library services, with the 2011 Donna Shavlik Award in recognition of her lifelong commitment to advancing women’s issues in higher education. The award was presented during the Women’s Leadership Dinner hosted by ACE’s Office of Women in Higher Education (OWHE) as part of the ACE Annual Meeting currently underway at the Washington Hilton.

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    April 20, 2010

    TUESDAY BUZZ: Obama Administration Announces Revised Title IX Compliance Policy

    Vice President Joe Biden and Education Secretary Arne Duncan today announced a change to Title IX compliance requirements for colleges and universities, reversing a 2005 policy that allows institutions to comply by using electronic surveys to measure female students’ interest in athletics.

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    June 23, 2006

    Gender Equity in Higher Education: 2006

    The purpose of this publication is to aid campus leaders in analyzing and responding to the gender equity issue. The report takes a detailed look at the educational achievement of men and women in the United States, disaggregating key indicators by race/ethnicity, age, and income to determine where the gender gap exists, where it was widest, and where concerns about men appear to be justified or misplaced.

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    August 21, 2003

    Gender Equity in Higher Education: Are Male Students at a Disadvantage?

    This report updates tables and figures on a number of measures, including enrollment and degrees conferred, to understand gender differences in higher education.

ACE Related Programs and Initiatives

National Women's Leadership Forum

Registration is now open for this 3-day leadership program is for senior-level women administrators (typically deans and above) seeking a college or university presidency, vice presidency, or major deanship.

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Regional Women's Leadership Forum

The Regional Women’s Leadership Forums are designed for mid-level women administrators with high potential for advancement in higher education administration.

Moving the Needle: Advancing Women Leaders 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.

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Spectrum Executive Leadership Program

This six-month program is designed to further diversify the senior leadership ranks of U.S. higher education by preparing diverse senior level administrators from underrepresented groups to be strong candidates for presidencies and chancellorships in the near term. We are not currently planning to do a program in 2015.

Women's State Network Leadership Award

ACE State Network Leadership Award

The award recognizes an outstanding, innovative, and visionary program sponsored by an ACE State Network or by a college or university.

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