ACE at 100: Advocating for Women in Higher Education

Throughout its history, ACE has worked to support the inclusion of women in all aspects of higher education. From advocating women’s right to work in the 1920s to creating a pipeline to higher education leadership positions in recent years, ACE has spearheaded a number of initiatives focused on women and their success.

Advisor, Teacher, Role Model: The Importance of Mentors in Cultivating the Next Generation of Women Leaders

Although women higher education leaders continue to be underrepresented at institutions across the country, many women have established rewarding and successful careers in the field—thanks in part to having had role models and mentors whose paths they could follow. Ann Marie Klotz and Teri Bump, Kara Gravley-Stack, and Thomas L. Keon discuss the vital importance of mentors in advancing through the ranks.

The Hope Gap: Helping Adult Students Overcome Barriers to Fulfilling Careers

Many adults have considered going back to college to enhance their prospects, but they don’t perceive higher education to be a realistic option. Donald J. Laackman, president of Champlain College, writes that higher education leaders need to reckon with this hope gap.

Revitalizing an ACE Women’s Network

Lisa Guion Jones, chair of the ACE Women’s Network of Florida, outlines the structure and strategies she used to revitalize her state’s Women’s Network—and the pitfalls she worked to avoid.

Presidential Leadership Is Key to the Development of New Faculty Models

Among the many challenges college and university presidents face, the need to address contingent faculty roles and related work policies is among the most pressing, according to Adrianna Kezar and Daniel Scott of the University of Southern California.

Free Speech and Campus Inclusion: A Survey of College Presidents

ACE’s Center for Policy Research and Strategy fielded its second national Pulse Point survey of college and university presidents in February to better understand their viewpoints on and experiences with free speech and campus inclusion.

For College Students and Presidents Alike, Free Speech Is a Balancing Act

In February of this year, ACE fielded a national survey of college and university presidents to better understand their thoughts and experiences with the pressing issues of free speech and campus inclusion. Comparing our findings with Knight and Gallup’s 2017 survey of college students on the First Amendment, it may be that campus leaders and their students are more aligned on these issues than we believe or the media often depicts.

To A Degree Podcast Looks at Achieving Equity in Higher Education

ACE’s Lorelle Espinosa joined a panel discussion to discuss “Achieving Equity in Higher Ed” in a new episode of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation “To A Degree” podcast.

Free Expression on Campus: Presidents Respond to 2018 Knight-Gallup Survey of College Students

The Knight Foundation has released an updated version of its survey on how college students see the First Amendment—and what they think about the relationship between inclusion and free expression. Seven college presidents and chancellors respond to the results.

ACE at 100: Commemoration Through Art

In 1993, ACE approached Jacob Lawrence to use his work, University, to commemorate our 75th anniversary. To continue this tradition of recognizing historic milestones through art, ACE commissioned a sculpture last year in honor of our 100th anniversary, from artist Therman Statom. Statom works primarily in glass out of his studio in Omaha, Nebraska, and has deep roots in the support of education at all levels.

To A Degree Podcast Explores Presidential Leadership in Challenging Times

In this episode of To A Degree, guests Ted Mitchell. Margaret Spellings, and Ángel Cabrera discuss higher education issues including demographic changes, demands for greater accountability, diminishing resources, and declining public support.

Guns on Campus: An Unfolding Public Health Crisis

President Emeritus Leo Lambert of Elon University writes that it will take courage, moral leadership, and political will to solve the crisis of gun violence at colleges and universities and K-12 schools.