ACE Strives for More Female Presidents

January 13, 2016

Can you imagine a world in which half of all college and university presidents are women?

The American Council on Education can, and it is hoping higher education can reach this goal by 2030. Despite their prevalence in higher education, women are very much in the minority among chief executives. In 2011, according to ACE, 26 percent of college and university presidencies were held by women, up three percentage points since 2006.

On Tuesday ACE launched the Moving the Needle initiative, a national campaign that asks presidents of colleges, universities and related associations to commit to helping achieve its goal, in part by helping advance the careers of female administrators. So far 109 presidents and chancellors have signed on.

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