Report Examines the Power Gap in Leadership Positions in Massachusetts Higher Education


WIA Report
November 6, 2019

A new report by the Eos Foundation examines the gender gap in leadership positions at colleges and universities in Massachusetts. The report examined the leadership of the state’s 92 colleges and universities and found a power gap — and a pay gap — for women.

The report found that while women are a majority of college students in the state, only 37 percent of college and university presidents in the state are women. And the gender gap is even more pronounced at the state’s major universities. The report found that women comprise 47 percent of presidents at associate’s degree-granting institutions, but only 22 percent of the universities that offer doctoral degrees. The study found that there are no women presidents among the nine state universities, and there remain 30 institutions that have never had a woman president.

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