The traditional college president is often though of as a man in an office who spends time looking at reports, hosting meetings with leaders on campus and attending events.
However, the landscape of higher education is not dominated by men like many stereotypes influence us to think. Women are a major part of Higher Education.
As noted in the infographic below, women are a key part of the industry of higher education. These women are leaders, influencers and are part of the student and professional experience.
Twenty-eight percent of college and university presidents are women. At the rate of their current growth, it will take 48 years to reach half of the presidencies in the united states. This is not reflective of the rate of students who are women in higher education.
According to Forbes.com, 57% of college students are women. The percentage of women is fairly consistent in public institutions. Specially, when compared state by state, the averages are different by specific state. One ratio of note is that 61% of college students in Rhode Islands are women.
Additionally, female faculty members make 19% less than their male counterparts. These statistics support the argument that there is a distinct disconnect between the number of women who are students in higher education and the women in leadership roles at those institutions.
Perceptions are reality. In a world where you see women as an cornerstone of campus, it can influence the student experience and perception of who is in those higher roles. It can change how students view an educational system based on traditional roles that administrators serve and the people in those roles.