Examining leadership research and trends to help higher education leaders thrive in a complex global environment and are prepared for the challenge of serving complex institutions in the modern world. By staff members from ACE’s Leadership Division and ACE member guest writers, who believe that fulfilling higher education’s mission in the 21st century depends upon a visionary, bold and diverse community of institutional leaders.

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The American College President: Reflections and New Developments for ACE’s Signature Study

Earlier this year, ACE’s Center for Policy Research and Strategy distributed the survey for the eighth edition of the American College President Study (ACPS), which was first administered in 1986. Across three decades, the ACPS has earned a reputation as a one-of-a-kind research tool that presents a unique and comprehensive portrait of the presidency and the higher education leadership pipeline.

Individual Acts of Inclusivity Have the Greatest Impact

There has been a great deal of energy expended on diversifying the faculty on college campuses in recent years, and the discussion has ramped up lately with the focus on student protests and demands for a more inclusive campus climate. ACE’s Kim Bobby discusses effective processes for building and retaining a diverse faculty—and how true inclusivity takes individual self-reflection and action.

Is Higher Ed Moving the Needle on Women Presidents?

According to ACE’s 2012 American College President Study, only 26 percent of college presidents were women as of 2011. That means the needle has been moved just three percentage points since 2006. And because the total number of minority presidents hasn’t grown substantially either, the proportion of all presidencies held by minority women also remains low.

LGBTQ Talent and Institutional Success

Charles R. Middleton, president emeritus of Roosevelt University, writes that diversity and inclusion are essential to assuring long-term success for higher education institutions. And it is clear that we cannot achieve our maximum potential without taking advantage of the considerable talent and commitment to our institutions that LGBTQ employees, students, alumni and community leaders bring.

Lead with Data. Inspire with Leadership.

Bob Shea, senior fellow at the National Association of College and University Business Officers, sat on the ACE2016 panel “Higher Education Business Models: Leading with Data to Deliver Results.” During the Q&A, the common theme emerged of how to get started on the difficult work of moving to a sustainable economic model. Shea considers that question.

Dynamic Diversity: How Campus Leaders Can Respond to Student Protests

Liliana Garces and Uma Jayakumar explore the concept of dynamic diversity, a new model for understanding critical mass, promoting inclusive environments and facilitating the benefits of educational diversity on campus. This is the latest post in a series sparked by recent student protests and the national dialogue on diversity and inclusion.