Report details women’s power gap in Mass. higher education

The Daily News
By Michael P. Norton
September 27, 2018

BOSTON – Women account for almost half of all provosts and more than half of deans at Massachusetts colleges and universities, but only 31 percent of the presidents and chancellors, according to a new report that calls for added diversity to strengthen Bay State campuses.

The Eos Foundation report, “Women’s Power Gap in Higher Education,” ranks 93 colleges and universities in Massachusetts based on the number of women who served in the most recent academic year as president, on governing boards or in senior leadership positions. It draws from research commissioned from the UMass Boston Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy, a group based on a campus that is led by interim President Katherine Newman.

Simmons College achieved the highest ranking followed by Smith College, Emmanuel College, Wellesley College and Bay Path University. William James College ranked 93rd, tied with Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering and Boston College at the bottom of the rankings. New England Conservatory of Music and Lasell College ranked just ahead of those three schools tied at 89, and Tufts University and Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology were both ranked 87th in the state.

Researchers placed 20 percent of the campuses studied into the “needs urgent attention” category — the remainder were categorized as satisfactory, status quo or needs improvement.

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