Tuesday, June 20, 2017

National Forum work to ameliorate disparities in higher ed administration featured in The Chronicle


Drawing on the results of the American College President Study, which is produced every five years by the American Council on Education, The Chronicle of Higher Education reported on trends in presidential hiring. The study shows that men and women of color continue to lag behind others when it comes to holding college and university presidencies.

One of the study’s findings is that among all minority groups, only Hispanic college leaders have declined in total representation over the past decade. The Chronicle mentions the contribution being made by the National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good to address this disparity: “In recent years, a few organizations have emerged with a focus on grooming Latino academics for leadership in higher education. The University of Michigan’s National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good, for example, has teamed up with the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education to form the New Leadership Academy, which helps to prepare early-career administrators for positions that would make them viable candidates for presidencies.” Citing Noe Ortega, managing director of the New Leadership Academy, the article specifically describes the declining number of Hispanic women in leadership roles.

For the full article, “Behind a Stagnant Portrait of College Leaders, an Opening for Change,” visit The Chronicle of Higher Education website.

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