Who Holds Professional Positions in Higher Ed, and Who Gets Paid?

professionals who are women or members of racial or ethnic groups remain underrepresented in all areas of leadership in higher education, except one, according to a new report whose lead author says much of the disparity is due to the pipes insufficient recruitment and gaps in pay.

The annual report, released today by the College and the Professional Association of University Human Resources, known as CUPA-HR, examined data from 1,114 higher education institutions covering more than 250,000 employees in 396 mid-level positions. The report includes data on professional level, breaking factors such as salary, race and ethnicity, gender, age, and years employees have maintained their position.

Pay for the highest professional emergency throughout climbed in the past year. higher education professionals received an average salary increase of 2.66 percent from 2019 through 2020, the report shows. The largest increase was among employees of institutions that grant associate degrees, an increase of 3.05 percent.

Women and minority professionals are well-represented in higher education for all. Six out of 10 higher education professionals are women. One in five positions are occupied by ethnic and racial minorities. In most areas of employment, women and minorities have far fewer leadership positions than their male counterparts while.

Women hold 69 percent of leadership positions in academic affairs, but only 19 percent at the facility, 29 percent in athletics and 28 percent in information technology. Racial and ethnic minorities are better represented in the leadership of fiscal issues (28 percent), but very little represented in athletics (11 percent) and science research / health (11 percent). black and Hispanic women are doing even worse, holding only 2 percent of athletic leadership positions and 3 percent of facilities, information technology and research / leadership positions health.

The findings echo a previous report by CUPA-HR which women and minorities are are also underrepresented in executive positions in higher education.

women and minority leaders there are also paid less than their male counterparts targets in these areas, with one exception.

"The clear exception to this is in tax matters, which are being paid women in leadership positions in accounting, auditing and finance are more than men in those positions," he said Jackie Bichsel, lead author of the report and director of research at CUPA-HR. "I think it's interesting because the area of ​​tax matters is the area with the highest representation of women."

fiscal matters also has the highest representation of black women and Hispanic leaders. They earn more than their white male counterparts: $ 1.08 to the dollar from every white man "is very high," he said Bichsel

On the other hand, the wage gap is higher for women in the facility which also has the. highest average salary of $ 77,000 professionals and the highest average age, 53.

Ellen Heffernan, president of Spelman Johnson, a search firm executive, stressed the importance of a strong pay and representation for women in finance.

"That's saying something, because it is very difficult to get women in finance," he said. She attributed in part the results of the efforts of the National Association of College and University Business to get more women and minority candidates in the pipeline positions Financial Affairs. NACUBO hosts several initiatives for women and minority professionals, including trainees programs focusing on diversifying the pool of business leaders and finance.

Whealler Susan Johnston, NACUBO president and CEO, said he is encouraged by the new CUPA-HR data, but "that's not good enough." She will continue to push for greater diversity in all areas of higher education work

A handful of other notable findings :. Academic Affairs is the largest employment sector for higher education professionals with a median of 30 professionals by institution. higher education professionals on the West Coast and in the Northeast make the highest average wages - in Oregon, professionals make $ 88,388. Sectors of health sciences and environmental sustainability had the highest growth rate for the number of employees, increasing their ranks by 32 percent over last year.

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