Executive Compensation in Higher Education

The Women’s Power Gap Initiative aims to dramatically increase the number of women from diverse backgrounds in leadership positions nationally. The Eos Foundation conducts research to measure the extent of the power gap in various economic sectors and propose solutions to reach gender parity and fair representation of people of color at the top. Each sector study is accompanied by a public dialogue and community conversation that not only highlights the issue, but also offers successful practices and policies to increase representation and inclusion.

In 2019, Eos published its second Women’s Power Gap in Higher Education: Study and Rankings about Massachusetts. This year, Eos is partnering with AAUW, a national organization that advances gender equity through research, education and advocacy, to survey the national landscape and issue a two-part report on the country’s 130* R1 universities, the most prestigious research universities (93 public and 37 private) as defined by the Carnegie Classification.

The first national report, Executive Compensation in Higher Education, will be released in January 2021, and will analyze gender and racial/ethnic data for the most highly compensated executives, based on publicly available data. The data will be used to create a baseline compensation report from which to measure future progress in increasing the representation of women and people of color, particularly underrepresented minorities in higher education. For purposes of this report, we have defined Underrepresented minority (URM) as: Black or African-American, Hispanic or Latinx, American Indian or Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander.

The second report will be released in the Spring of 2021 and will be a national ranking similar to our Massachusetts report, providing an in-depth examination of gender and race/ethnicity across multiple leadership categories.

We firmly believe that higher education can and should be the first industry to reach gender and racial balance in leadership, which is so important at this critical juncture in our nation’s history. Without full diversity in the uppermost rank, academia is missing out on potential talent it needs to thrive into the future.


*Note: Compensation data for the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus was unavailable and therefore not part of this data set.