Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A Phenomenological Study: the Lived Experiences of Women Who Have Achieved CEO Positions in Four-Year Higher Education Institutions
by Kobler, Wendy Chord, Ph.D., Indiana Institute of Technology, 2018, 195; 27672338
Abstract (Summary)

Progress has been made with women gaining more employment opportunity through the years in higher education. The progress has been seen in the lower positions; but the higher a woman climbs in four-year higher education institutions, the fewer positions she will find open to her gender. Notably, gender inequity still exists in higher education leadership and especially in the top leadership positions in this sector. Until 2016, the accepted remedy for this gender equity issue was to create a pipeline for more women to be qualified and ready to flow into the openings of the chief executive officer (CEO) position of four-year higher education institutions as they became available (American Council of Education, 2016). The American Council of Education (ACE) in 2016 declared the pipeline remedy a myth (2016). With that declaration, the American Council of Education stated that there was a need for more research on pathways women can take to successfully reach the top CEO positions in higher education (2016). The purpose of this study was to seek to understand the phenomenon of how women have overcome barriers and secured the presidency in colleges and universities (ACE, 2016). The goal of this phenomenological study was to determine the pathway that these women CEOs took and to answer the call for more research on the pathways of how more women can obtain the position of CEO. It comes at a time when there is possibly the greatest climate that is conducive for women to achieve positions that have seldom been open to them in past history. The study was guided by research by Susan Madsen (2008) on the lived experiences of women university CEOs that is now considered the seminal work in the arena of higher education leadership and gender inequity.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Pontillo, Elaine A.
Commitee: Barcalow, Douglas A., Williams, Brenda C.
School: Indiana Institute of Technology
Department: Global Leadership
School Location: United States -- Indiana
Source: DAI-A 82/1(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Higher education, Womens studies, Educational administration
Keywords: Confidence gap, Equity, Gender inequity, Higher education leadership, Women CEO pathway pipeline, Women's leadership
Publication Number: 27672338
ISBN: 9798662469051
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