Women now make up more than 50% of leadership roles at University of Michigan’s College of Engineering

Women now make up more than 50% of leadership roles at University of Michigan’s College of Engineering.

Reported by the Chronicle of Higher Education, this move toward diversity was not a charitable one, but a competitive one.

Institutional surveys at UM showed women faculty’s perception of campus culture was significantly worse than male faculty perceptions, including a full 37% of women faculty reporting having experienced gender discrimination. And in that culture, the institution is now intentionally hiring leaders who can demonstrate an ability to see organizational biases and propose ways to counter them.

The takeaway? What unconscious biases do we have that are creating an un-level playing field at our own institutions?

May you continue to fight the good enrollment growth fight at your institution today, and we’ll see you again tomorrow.

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Eric Olsen

Eric brings more than a decade of award-winning creative brand development, marketing analytics and higher education experience to Helix Education. Eric is a graduate of Bradley University and earned his MBA at Lewis University.