In 2017, in partnership with the TIAA Institute, the Center for Policy Research and Strategy (CPRS) of the American Council on Education (ACE) released the eighth edition of the most comprehensive survey on the college presidency, the American College President Study (ACPS). The survey and its findings have provided a comprehensive view of the college presidency. ACPS helps ACE, and all stakeholders in higher education, better reflect on ways to diversify the presidency.
In March 2018, CPRS convened a group of 15 current and former presidents and association leaders for a roundtable to reflect on what ACPS data tell us about their own experiences leading colleges and universities. The discussion provided important qualitative information for this brief, including a better understanding of the qualities that characterize innovative leadership in higher education. Even though their stories are shaped by a unique set of circumstances, innovative leaders at our nation’s higher education institutions share similar abilities and common approaches to building a more successful campus.
Innovative Leadership: Insights from the American College President Study 2017 shares examples of how innovative leaders work collaboratively with campus stakeholders, build and strengthen networks, and turn their challenges into successes.