American College President Study


The American College President Study (ACPS) has long served the higher education community as the most comprehensive, in-depth, and frequently cited source of information about the college presidency and pathways to higher education leadership. The survey has been conducted approximately every five years since 1986; the most recent edition is The American College President: 2023 Edition.

ACPS continues to capture important data on presidential demographics, search and selection processes, career trajectories, and duties and responsibilities—with a focus on the intersectional lenses of race and gender. ​

2023 Edition

​The American College President: 2023 Edition includes new data on when respondents first aspired, applied, and were appointed to the presidency; information on the responsibilities that presidents balance with their jobs, including caregiving for loved ones; and questions on their community and support network.

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Past Editions

Past editions of the American College President Study show how presidential demographics, experiences, and responsibilities have changed over time.

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Looking for the 2023 Edition?

The latest iteration of ACPS is now available. Explore The American College President: 2023 Edition and related publications.

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The American College President Study is generously supported by the TIAA Institute.