Higher Education Can Lead the Way Toward a More Tolerant Society

As Americans, we are privileged to have the world’s premier system of higher education, writes ACE’s Lorelle Espinosa. And as a laboratory for ideas and exchange, higher education can further lead the way to a more tolerant society through the actions of its leaders and the engagement of its whole community of learners.

New Study Highlights Value of ACE Leadership Academy for Department Chairs

According to a new study, many department chairs receive only minimal training. And when chairs do receive training, they typically focus on hard skills “that may or may not be relevant rather than on interpersonal and other soft skills that can make or break a departmental climate.” That is an area where ACE’s Leadership Academy for Department Chairs can make a difference.

Budgeting for Institutional Success

When higher education leaders gather, no theme is more common—or as tension-filled—as budgeting. ACE Leadership Director Jim Sirianni looks at the budget models available to colleges and universities institutions, and the need to move forward together on a high-impact change when adopting a new model.

Shared Governance, Shared Responsibility: One CAO’s Lessons Learned

In many ways, these are times of upheaval in American higher education. Operating assumptions that institutions have relied upon to guide practice seem no longer to be reliably practical or even wise. Birmingham-Southern College (AL) Provost Michelle Behr shares tips culled from BSC’s experience with engaging faculty to help address the challenges facing their college.

What Should Boards Know About Teaching?

The Association of Governing Boards’ Trusteeship Magazine recently asked Kevin P. Reilly, president emeritus and Regent Professor at the University of Wisconsin System, about his work with the new national teacher training and credentialing program spearheaded by ACUE and ACE, and why it’s so important that boards understand what good teaching is and how to promote it on their campuses.

Q&A: Margaret Drugovich, New Chair of ACE Women’s Network Executive Council

Sook-Yi Yong, senior program manager for ACE Leadership, recently sat down with Hartwick College (NY) President Margaret L. Drugovich to talk about the most pressing issues facing higher education, her path to becoming a college president, and her plans for the ACE Women’s Network, a national system of networks within each state, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia that works to advance and support women in higher education.

ACE Fellows Program Opening Retreat: Mile High Management and Leadership in Action

Since 1965, more than 1,800 vice presidents, deans, department chairs, faculty, and other emerging leaders have participated in the ACE Fellows Program. Over the next nine months, ACE Leadership Vice President Lynn M. Gangone will bring an inside look to the program as the members of the 2016-17 cohort embark on a path to senior higher education leadership. First up, the opening retreat.

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.

AACC Magazine Profiles ACE Fellow Kenya Ayers

The 2015-16 Class of the ACE Fellows Program just concluded their Fellowship year at institutions across the country, becoming a part of the integral process of building institutional capacity in the higher education leadership ranks.

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.