New ACE Data Tool Explores How Long It Will Take to Diversify the Presidency
Published: August 07, 2017

On the heels of the June release of ACE’s long-awaited American College President Study 2017 (ACPS), a new interactive data explorer will allow users to understand when higher education might anticipate reaching gender and racial/ethnic parity in the presidency.

The “Looking Ahead” feature uses historical data from the ACPS to calculate when the percentage of women presidents and the percentages of minority presidents will mirror their representation in the general U.S. population. Users can engage with the data and create their own deep-dives to understand how specific growth scenarios play out over time.

The site also breaks down the data in key areas of the report, including the summary profile, women presidents, minority presidents, and diversity and inclusion issues. For the first time, data from previous editions are available to chart the progress of the presidency over the last two decades.

Users can easily download charts, tables and data points to print or share directly to their social media channels.

ACPS 2017 data tool

The data in the report and tool are derived from a 2016 study of more than 1,500 college presidents and chancellors conducted by ACE’s Center for Policy, Research and Strategy (CPRS); both were produced by ACE in partnership with the TIAA Institute.

The ACPS 2017 is the eighth edition of the leading and most comprehensive study of the college presidency and the higher education leadership pipeline from all types of institutions—public and private, two- and four-year. It contains data on presidential demographics, search and selection processes, career trajectories, and the duties and responsibilities of college and university chief executive officers. The report also examines the views of presidents in three key areas: diversity and inclusion; state funding and political climate; and areas of importance for the future.

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