American College President Study 2017
As market forces continue to reshape the higher education landscape, understanding the U.S. college presidency – and its inherent challenges and opportunities – is more important than ever.
The 2017 edition of the American College President Study, produced by the American Council on Education (ACE) in partnership with the TIAA Institute, provides the most comprehensive examination to date of American college and university presidents. In addition to examining presidential demographics, selection processes, responsibilities and career trajectories, this eighth edition of the study explores presidents’ views on diversity and inclusion, state funding, the political climate, and more.
Regarding presidential demographics, study findings show women’s representation in the presidency has nearly tripled since 1986, although women remain underrepresented. Moreover, only 5% of all presidents are women of color. To explore the reasons for this slow growth, ACE interviewed four women of color who currently serve as presidents or chancellors. The resulting report, “Voices from the Field,” captures those conversations and offers unique perspectives on ways race and gender shape attitudes and choices across academia.
The American College President Study is based on a national survey administered in 2016. Participants include 1,546 college and university presidents, chancellors and CEOs at various types of public and private institutions across the United States.