Women's Leadership

About

​​​​​​ACE has long worked to support the success and persistence of women in senior leadership positions at colleges and universities, including those on the path to the presidency. ACE believes in the importance of achieving gender parity and diversity in higher education leadership. ACE’s research and insights on women’s leadership aim to guide and support current and future women leaders and those positioned to promote their advancement, as more and more women enter into and thrive in the higher education leadership pipeline.

Reports and Publications
Leading the Way to Parity: Preparation, Persistence, and the Role of Women Presidents
Leading the Way to Parity: Preparation, Persistence, and the Role of Women Presidents
This brief offers recommendations to increase representation of women among college presidents, and argues that meaningful parity will only be achieved when women not only reach the presidency, but are set up to succeed and endure in the position.
Voices from the Field: Women of Color Presidents in Higher Education
Voices from the Field: Women of Color Presidents in Higher Education
This brief shares four interviews with women of color who are serving as presidents or chancellors of colleges and universities.
Higher Ed Spotlight - Pipelines, Pathways, and Institutional Leadership: An Update on the Status of Women in Higher Education
Higher Ed Spotlight - Pipelines, Pathways, and Institutional Leadership: An Update on the Status of Women in Higher Education
This graphic infobrief offers an update of key descriptive statistics on women in higher education in an effort to promote dialogue on how to move the needle and increase the number of women leaders.
Ready to Lead: Women in the Presidency
Ready to Lead: Women in the Presidency
This infographic draws upon data from the American College President Study 2017 to highlight women presidents, and the leadership experience they bring to the college presidency.
Chief Academic Officer Survey: Women CAOs
Chief Academic Officer Survey: Women CAOs
This infographic shares data from ACE’s 2013 CAO Survey and focuses on the job priorities, career progression and presidential aspirations specific to female Chief Academic Officers.
Blog Posts