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Transforming Professional Learning and Building a New Higher Education Community

ACE believes that the power to sustain and renew American higher education lies in the creativity, commitment, and expertise of the thousands of leaders that work every day to educate students on the nation’s college campuses. Philip Rogers and Louis Soares discuss the Council’s efforts to develop affordable, scalable, professional learning opportunities to make institutions and leaders more effective.

ACE2019: Designing Strategies to Support the Mental Health of Students

Campus leadership plays a key role in helping move the needle on long-term, long-lasting systemic change that will serve all students on campus.

President and CEO of Ms. Foundation Addresses ACE Women’s Leadership Dinner

Teresa C. Younger addressed a crowd of 220 higher education leaders at the ACE Women’s Leadership Dinner Saturday night, stressing the importance of “being the kind of woman.”

Higher Education Leadership and the Importance of Place

If being president of a college or university can be the hardest job in the nation, leaders who move to a radically different place—in terms of sector, geography, or both—confront an added level of difficulty. Read the latest post from ACE Fellow John Marx.

Defining and Practicing Deep Civility on College Campuses

Dialogue around the future of open expression on campuses requires us to think beyond surface expressions of civility. The University of Missouri’s Ashley Woodson looks at the idea of deep civility, which demands radically empathetic regard for others in shared spaces.

Women’s Colleges Hold the Key to Our Future

Women’s colleges have been grabbing headlines in a year dominated by the politics of #metoo and the 2018 midterms, which saw more than 100 women elected to the House. But along with gender equity, these institutions must also prioritize diversity, John Marx and Elizabeth Hillman write.

Crisis Planning: How to Prepare for Free Speech Conflicts on Campus

Traevena Byrd, vice president and general counsel at American University (DC), discusses the legal obligations college and university leaders need to consider when controversial speakers come to campus—and the importance of working with your office of legal counsel.

Practicing Vigorous Civility

We are facing a crisis of speech in the United States, a turmoil over how to speak to each other across lines of difference. And nowhere is this strain more sharply felt than at colleges and universities, writes Frederick Lawrence.

Infographic: College Presidents on Free Speech and Campus Inclusion

College leaders face the pressing challenge of managing the tensions between campus inclusion and freedom of expression. Download and share this infographic based on ACE’s recent survey of nearly 500 college and university presidents on their viewpoints on and experiences with these tensions.

The Hard Work of Innovative Presidents and Teams

A group of 15 current and former higher education leaders met recently to discuss ACE’s American College President Study. Their conclusion: Innovative leadership is more about responding effectively to challenges than it is about predicting the future or having the newest idea.

The ACE Fellowship Year: Putting Place in Perspective

In the upcoming months, John Marx will be blogging about his year in the ACE Fellows Program in a series of posts centered on the idea of “place” in American higher education leadership. Marx, professor and chair of the English Department at University of California, Davis, is spending his year working with President Elizabeth Hillman at Mills College in Oakland, California.

College and University Presidents Paving the Way to a Successful Women’s Network

Presidential sponsors are vital to the long-term strategy and success of the ACE Women’s Network, which is composed of state networks that work on a local level to support women in higher education. Nicole Stokes DuPass of Holy Family University writes about how these sponsors helped revitalize the Women’s Network in Pennsylvania.