Honor a Person or Program Advancing Women in Higher Education
Published: September 27, 2019

If there is a leader or initiative on your campus committed to enhancing career development, campus climate, and mentoring for women in higher education, consider nominating them for the Donna Shavlik Award or ACE State Network Award.

Both awards will be bestowed during ACE2020, ACE's 102nd Annual Meeting in San Diego:

  • The Donna Shavlik Award honors an individual whose leadership demonstrates a sustained commitment to advancing women in higher education at both the state and national levels. Click here to nominate an individual. 

  • The ACE State Network Leadership Award for the Advancement of Women in Higher Education recognizes an outstanding and innovative program sponsored by an ACE State Network or by a college or university which has helped advance or support women or women's issues in higher education. Click here to nominate a program or initiative.

Although women now earn the majority of all college degrees and are well represented in entry- and mid-level positions in most sectors of the economy, they have made surprisingly little progress in advancing to chief executive positions. The higher education sector is no exception. ACE has championed this issue through the Moving the Needle Initiative, which aims to achieve gender parity in the percentage of higher education chief executives by 2030 through raising awareness and encouraging leaders in the field to pledge to support the effort. To date, more than 900 leaders from over 730 institutions across the world have signed on.

ACE is also a hub for the ACE Women's Network, 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. Each state network is led by a state chair who works with institutional representatives and at least one presidential sponsor to develop programs that identify, develop, encourage, advance, link and support women in higher education careers within that state.

There is a lot of great work being done, and ACE wants to hear about those making a difference for women in the field and to recognize those efforts through the Donna Shavlik and ACE State Network Awards.

In addition to these awards, ACE is also accepting applications for the Reginald Wilson Diversity Leadership Award, which recognizes commitment to advancing racial and ethnic minorities in higher education leadership, as well as the ACE/Fidelity Investments Award for Institutional Transformation, which honors colleges and universities that have responded to challenges in innovative and creative ways.