EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION IN HIGHER EDUCATION
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (
FAQ)

 

FAQ have been organized into three categories below.

General

What is the Women’s Power Gap Initiative?
The Women’s Power Gap (WPG) Initiative at the Eos Foundation seeks to dramatically increase the number of women leaders from a diverse set of backgrounds across all sectors of the economy. We conduct and commission actionable research on prominent sectors of the economy, measure the extent of the power gap, and propose solutions to reach parity. Wherever possible, we capture data on racial/ethnic diversity.

 

What is the Eos Foundation?
The Eos Foundation is a private philanthropic foundation based in Massachusetts. We support systemic solutions aimed at nourishing children’s bodies, nurturing their minds, building family economic security, and achieving gender equity and diversity in leadership across society.


Where can I learn more about Eos and its leadership?

We invite you to visit our website at Eos Foundation to learn more about Eos and the organization’s leadership.


What is the American Association of University Women?

Headquartered in Washington D.C., the American Association of University Women (AAUW) was founded in 1881 to advance women’s careers and pursuit of higher education. The organization is focused on advancing gender equity through research, education and advocacy, established by its 2018 strategic plan.


Where can I learn more about AAUW and its leadership?

We invite you to visit AAUW to learn more about AAUW and the organization’s leadership.


What’s the purpose or objective of this information request?
This research will help us create a national baseline to improve gender and racial/ethnic diversity among the leadership of our nation’s top universities. Our goal is to determine where women and underrepresented minorities stand with respect to compensation among the top executives of R1 universities, then build collaborations and partnerships to identify best practices to greatly accelerate diversity and parity at the top.


Who received an information request email from Eos Foundation?
Presidents or Chancellors of universities were identified as the primary contact for our information request. In some instances, the President or Chancellor’s Chief of Staff or Executive Assistant, per your university’s website, was identified.


How many emails should the university’s point of contact receive from Eos?

  1. The first email (sent 11/17/2020) from Andrea Silbert (andrea@eosfoundation.org)  introduces the Eos Foundation and the context of this research in partnership with AAUW.
  2. The second email (sent 11/19/2020) from andrea@eosfoundation.org provides further instructions and a link to begin the information request: please click the orange button “Start Information Request” at the bottom of the email.
  3. In addition, you may receive a call to your office to ensure these emails have been received as well as to answer any questions you may have.
  4. We will send periodic reminder emails to universities that have not completed the information request.


I haven’t received the second email. What should I do?
Please check your inbox, email tabs and folders, including your Spam folder. If you are unable to locate the email, please contact Magdalena Punty at punty@eosfoundation.org or call (508) 430-8130.  


I’m a little overwhelmed. Where should I begin once I start the information request?
We recommend heading to the instructions for each section, located at the top of each information request page. They will walk you through each step of completing the information request.


How long will it take to complete the information request?
We expect the information request and questionnaire to take 20 to 30 minutes for you to verify the data and make corrections, as needed. Depending on your access to internal salary documentation and other information, this process may take longer.


What additional information will I need to complete the information request?
You will need internal salary information on the top individuals listed as well as information regarding individuals’ gender and, when available, race/ethnicity. In Section 2 of our information request, we also ask for any feedback on your institution’s practices and data regarding LGBTQIA+ employees, veterans, and/or people with disabilities, and other best practices around diversity that you wish to share. We hope to highlight these in our upcoming report.


If I need to leave the information request and return at a later time, will I lose my progress?
No. If you exit the information at any point before finishing, you will be able to return by clicking the “Start Information Request” button in our initial information request email. This will bring you back to the start of the information request, but any changes you have made previously will be saved and appear as you go through the information request.


Can I forward the email to another person in the university to complete?
Yes. Once you forward the email, the recipient will be able to click Start Information Request from the email and complete and/or view the information request.


Is my data private?
The link in the email will bring you into the information request for your university only.

As was mentioned in our methodology, data will be analyzed at both the aggregate and individual university levels for comparative purposes. However, other than for the President or Chancellor of each university, individual names will not be made public in the report and will be kept confidential. Titles will be used such as Provost, Football Coach, Dean, etc.

When are my response to the information request due?
Tuesday, December 15, 2020, 5pm EST. Please contact Magdalena Punty at punty@eosfoundation.org or call (508) 430-8130 if you will have a problem meeting the deadline.

Methodology

What methodology/processes did you use to collect data?
We captured executive compensation data for 130 R1 national universities, defined as universities engaged in the highest level of research activity by Carnegie Classification. All compensation was obtained from publicly available sources by our research team, such as:

How can I find out what source(s) you used for my university data?
We would be happy to share this information. Please contact Magdalena Punty at punty@eosfoundation.org or call (508) 430-8130.


How were the categories for each individual in the study defined?
Executives have been grouped and ranked based on four categories:

  • Category 1: Core (Academic/Administrative, including Chancellor/President): This category includes Chancellor/President and other institutional university executives who are not categorized as Athletic, Medical Center, or Related Investment Officers. These executives typically include members of the Chancellor/President’s executive team, such as deans, chief financial officers, and executive vice presidents, but may also include professors.
  • Category 2: Athletic: This category includes Athletic coaches and Athletic directors.
  • Category 3: Medical Center: This category includes executives that are listed on the university payroll but, based on their title and role at the university, we have identified them as Medical Center executives. We were conservative in this estimation, categorizing all individuals in the medical field except for chief executives of health, deans of medical schools, nursing programs, veterinary schools, or similar titles and programs as Medical Center.
  • Category 4: Related Investment Officers: These executives are managing the university’s endowment. Most institutions include investment executives on their university payroll; only a few have established separate foundations to house these staff. This category is not included in our Information Request and will not be used in our upcoming report.


Why does all data need to be from the same calendar year?
To be able to compare and rank executives from your university and to determine an accurate baseline for your university. 


How is gender defined and collected in this information request?
We defined gender in accordance with current convention, utilizing W (Woman), M (Man) and NB (Nonbinary) to represent an individual’s gender identity. Nonbinary is the term used to identify a person who does not identify within the gender binary classifications of woman or man.

We used at least two methods to determine gender during our research process, such as pronouns from bios, press releases, articles, and university websites as well as photos.


How are race/ethnicity defined and collected in this information request?
To define race, we turned to the U.S. Census designations and assigned “Unknown” when the determination could not be made:

  1. White
  2. Black or African American
  3. American Indian or Alaskan Native
  4. Asian
  5. Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  6. Hispanic or Latinx
  7. Two or more races
  8. Unknown

We identified race/ethnicity only for the number 1 ranked executives in each category. To accomplish this, we pulled bios, articles, press releases, university websites, and other public documents relating to the individual. We then identified a race/ethnic determination based on notations, such as: “first ever African-American female president.”


Technical

Can I complete the information request on my phone or tablet?
Yes, however, we strongly recommend using a personal computer or laptop for ease of use in viewing the data and completing the information request, including making comments, edits and answering a brief questionnaire.


The “Start Information Request” button in the email from Eos is not working. What should I do?
Please verify that email links are enabled, check your Internet connection, and open a new browser window. By clicking the “Start Information Request” button, a new tab should open with the welcome instructions as seen below. If not, please contact Magdalena Punty at punty@eosfoundation.org or call (508) 430-8130.


I’m using Chrome/Firefox/Safari to complete the information request. Will this browser work?
Yes. Our research team has tested the information request on each browser to ensure ease of use and functionality. If you experience issues with completing the information request on your browser, please contact Magdalena Punty at punty@eosfoundation.org or call (508) 430-8130.


I’m not very tech-savvy. Can you help me complete the information request?
We have taken great care to ensure the information request is easy to navigate and complete, providing instructions in each section. If you need additional technical assistance, please contact Magdalena Punty at punty@eosfoundation.org or call (508) 430-8130.


Can I print or download the data?
Yes, both. If you want to print the data, please click Print PDF. If you want to download the data, please click the floppy disc icon to download data. Please be aware if you have more than Core data (such as Athletic and/or Medical Center), you will need to download the data separately since they are in separate grids.


Can I change my data after I click Submit Information Request?
You will not be able to change data once you submitted the information request. If you realized you made an error and need to correct, please contact Magdalena Punty at punty@eosfoundation.org or call (508) 430-8130.