Racial Climate on Campus: A Survey of College Presidents

ACE’s Center for Policy Research and Strategy fielded its first national Pulse Point anonymous online survey of college and university presidents in January 2016 to better understand their experiences, perceptions and (re)actions on the timely issue of campus racial climate. Lorelle Espinosa, Hollie Chessman and Lindsay Wayt look at the results.

Dispatches From Riyadh

ACE Leadership Vice President Lynn M. Gangone writes about her journey to Saudi Arabia, where she is participating in the first Women’s Leadership Forum sponsored by Academic Leadership Center, part of the Ministry of Education and housed at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals.

Inclusivity, History, and Navigating the Way Forward

Reaching more low‐income, underrepresented-minority, and first-generation student populations must hold a prominent place not just in our institutions’ but in our nation’s priorities as well. William E. Kirwan, chancellor emeritus of the University System of Maryland, asks if higher education is prepared to lead on the issues of inclusion facing institutions today.

Reflections on Advancing Women in Higher Education

ACE has launched a new campaign—Moving the Needle: Advancing Women in Higher Education Leadership—that asks college and university presidents to commit to helping achieve the goal that by 2030, half of U.S. college and university chief executives are women. ACE’s Lynn M. Gangone looks at women’s advancement in higher education leadership in recent years—and the prospects for the future.

Common Characteristics of Successful Leaders

Former ACE Fellow Scott Newman discusses what makes an outstanding college leader in an essay originally posted on Inside Higher Ed.

Facing Crisis in Faculty Retirement, Institutions Find Creative Solutions

Like other sectors of the U.S. workforce, higher education is facing a looming crisis in retirement as baby boomer faculty plan the next chapter of their lives. ACE’s Jean McLaughlin discusses five key takeaways on faculty retirement, for both institutions and faculty members themselves. This piece is drawn from the recent book, Faculty Retirement: Best Practices for Navigating the Transition.

Webster President Beth Stroble on College Leaders Who Tweet

The term “social media” has entered that rare stratosphere of fame and recognition normally reserved for rock stars and presidents. Now, rock stars and presidents bow to the power of social media. Webster President Beth Stroble, an enthusiastic early adopter when it comes to communication technologies, reflects on what this means for higher education.

Nancy Cantor and Christopher Howard Look Beyond the Ivory Tower

Listen to two visionary college presidents discuss the relationship between colleges and the communities they inhabit on a recent episode of National Public Radio’s “On Being.” Nancy Cantor, chancellor of Rutgers University–Newark (NJ), and Christopher Howard, president of Hampden–Sydney College in Virginia, talked with host Krista Tippett at ACE’s 97th Annual Meeting last March.

Faculty and CFOs: It’s Not Us Versus Them

Instead of viewing each other as opposing sides, both faculty and business officers must come together to participate in budget discussions and help ensure that institutions are operating in ways that are financially sustainable, writes Audrey Bilger. 

As We Remember Katrina and Recovery, Don’t Neglect Higher Education’s Role

As we reflect on the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, we will no doubt read and hear stories of rescue and rebuilding and the people who made a difference. When we do, we must also recall the way the higher education community pulled together to save and restore a critical element of the Gulf Coast’s infrastructure—its wide array of colleges and universities.

Hurricane Katrina: Colleges Helping Colleges

Colleges and universities around the country volunteered in unprecedented numbers and ways to help Gulf Coast institutions 10 years ago in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Below is a brief reading list highlighting these efforts.

The Beat Goes On

ACE Fellow Audrey Bilger reflects on her year spent as a higher education leader-in-training.