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Women's Colleges Ahead in Educating First Gen, Lower Income Students

January 16, 2014
Women's college presidents to share their expertise about serving first generation and post traditional students at today's White House summit

DECATUR, GA. (January 16, 2014) -- Today's White House higher education summit will focus, in part, on improving access to higher education for lower-income and first-generation students, and it’s no surprise that five women’s college presidents will be on hand to lend their support.

Women's colleges have educated a higher percentage of low-income, racially diverse and first-generation students than traditional co-ed colleges and universities, public or private, for more than a decade. The presidents of Smith, Mount Holyoke, Barnard, Spelman and Scripps Colleges-- all members of the Women's College Coalition-- will attend today’s White House Summit in support of President Obama's goal to improve college access and success for lower-income and first generation students.

"The nearly fifty U.S. women’s colleges across the country are proud to be leaders in the effort to help more Americans get to and through college," said Elizabeth Kiss, chair of the Women's College Coalition board and president of Agnes Scott College. "As a sector, we enroll a higher percentage of low-income students and first-generation students – and our member institutions do a superb job of helping these students aim high and succeed. We are eager to join forces with the President, policy-makers of both parties and the higher education community in shaping this vitally important national conversation about our future."

Women's colleges are more likely to enroll students who identify as African American (26.9 percent), American Indian (3.3 percent), and "other" race/ethnicity (4.6 percent), and are second only to public universities in the proportion of Chicano/Latino students enrolled (14.2 percent), according to a 2012 study from the Women’s College Coalition (WCC).

Compared to women at other institutions, women’s college attendees are more likely than women at co-ed colleges and universities to report that their mothers and fathers did not attend college, according to the WCC study. They also have, on average, lower family incomes, with the median family income for women’s college students being approximately $84,000, compared to $126,000 for women attending coeducational private universities.

Spelman President Beverly Tatum wins a Carnegie Corporation award


Spelman President Beverly Tatum
Beverly Tatum President Spelman College

December 9, 2013

Congratulations to Spelman President Beverly Tatum! Yesterday, the Carnegie Corporation of New York awarded her with one of four 2013 Academic Leadership Awards. Established in 2005, the award honors university presidents who are resourceful administrators and who also exhibit an avid interest in the liberal arts. Other award winners were Michael Crow, president of Arizona State University; John Hennessy, president of Stanford University; and Richard Brodhead, president of Duke University.

This is Beverly’s interview on 12/9 on the PBS NewsHour.

We all bask in the glow of this recognition of Beverly Tatum and Spelman’s commitment to excellence in women’s education.

Mount Holyoke President Picked for NCAA Division III Board


Lynn Pasquerella
Lynn Pasquerella - President Mount Holyoke College

Contributor: Susan Kaplan
Posted: November 29, 2013

Click here to listen to Susan Kaplan's interview with Lynn Pasquerella

In college athletics, Division I teams garner much of the attention, money and scandal associated with the NCAA. That leads to a spillover into the governance of smaller programs in Divisions II and III. That's according to Mount Holyoke College President Lynn Pasquerella, who was recently appointed to the NCAA Division III board.

Pasquerella, who is a medical ethicist, says a solution to a Division I problem does not always make sense for schools like Mount Holyoke.

Women lag in leadership roles, CEO earnings, new national report shows

TheDenver Post

Lynn Gangone
Lynn Gangone is dean of the Colorado Women's College at the University of Denver, which conducted a study called "Benchmarking Women's Leadership in the United States." (Hyoung Chang, The Denver Post)

Roxane White, chief of staff to Gov. John Hickenlooper. (Hyoung Chang, Denver Post file)

By:Colleen O'Connor, The Denver Post
Posted: 11/10/2013 12:01:00 AM MST
Source: The Denver Post

At the highest levels of the American workforce, less than 20 percent of the top leadership jobs are held by women, according to a new national study, which found that women, on average, earn less than men in comparable jobs while, by some measures, outperforming them.

"The leadership landscape is so lopsided," said Lynn Gangone, dean of Colorado Women's College at the University of Denver, which conducted the study, "Benchmarking Women's Leadership in the United States."

"Part of the message in this report is to say, 'What can we do together, men and women, to change?' Because everything out there, even internationally, says that unless we bring diverse voices to the table, we are not going to solve the complex problems of the 21st century."

Another national report, released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in October, found that women remain disadvantaged in terms of pay and promotion: In 2012, for example, women, on average, made 81 percent of the average earnings of male workers.

The Colorado Women's College study is the first to look at women in leadership roles across 14 sectors, from medicine and technology to law and politics. It builds upon the 2009 report by The White House Project, the nonpartisan organization focused on advancing women's leadership. The project ended in 2012.

Researchers gathered the latest data from each sector, focusing on the top echelon of each industry, counting the number of women in the top 10 organizations, and calculating leadership performance by the frequency with which women were recognized by industry distinctions, such as national awards.

Project Runway Season 12 Winner Dom Offers College Advice to Women Interested in Fashion Design

The Huffington Post

Inspiring Leadership
Dom Streater - graduate of Moore College of Art & Design

By: Diane Propsner, Women's College Advocate
Posted: October 30, 2013

Dom Streater the cool, calm and creative 24-year-old whose fashion-forward style caught the eye of the Project Runway judges has been very busy juggling design work with local appearances in the town she grew up in, Philadelphia, since winning Season 12. Her design business, Halcyon Clothing Collection, is really hopping; the totes she designed are nearly all sold out, and Samuel L Jackson contacted her via Twitter to design a dress for his wife, LaTanya Richardson. While Dom's Alma mater, Moore College of Art & Design, invited her to speak at their 2013 Leadership Conference for Women in the Arts, Philadelphia's morning TV show, Good Day Philadelphia, invited her to be on the show and the mayor of Philadelphia, The Honorable Michael A. Nutter, honored Dom for her winning Project Runway at a recent event.