American College President Study


​​​​​ACE's 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, with the most recent edition and an accompanying interactive data explorer released in 2017.

With generous support from the TIAA Institute, 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. Data collection has begun for the 2022 American College President Survey, which will continue through spring 2022. Presidents of all types of institutions are encouraged to participate. The results will be published in a forthcoming report, The American College President: 2023 Edition.

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The 2022 American College President Survey is open!

Help us create an up-to-date profile of the college presidency and the challenges and opportunities you face as a leader. Your participation is critical!

To complete the survey online, please use the link below. (We recommend completing the online survey on a computer or tablet.)​

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To request a survey PDF, please use the inquiry form below.

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​If you have any questions or comments about the American College President Study, please email