From the AACSB Data and Research Blog team, Happy International Women’s Day to all the women who take on the many roles—deans, faculty, administrators, students—at AACSB member schools and management education worldwide! In honor of this special day, the AACSB Data and Research Blog team thought a post showing some of AACSB’s gender data would be appropriate to share with our readers.
Increasing female representation, especially in leadership positions, at business schools has long been a challenge that many schools have been working hard to overcome. In the past five years, we have seen some improvement in the female representation among dean (or equivalent) positions at AACSB business schools; however, there is still room for more! Salary Survey data in the table below shows a snapshot of female representation in the dean (or equivalent) position in 2012-2013 and five years prior, in 2007-2008. Although an increase from 17% female representation to 18.5% is not very large, we are still seeing some growth in the actual number of female deans serving at AACSB member schools.
*AACSB Salary Survey Data
AACSB’s 2006-2007 and 2011-2012 Deans Surveys showed similar changes with female representation growth, from 17% in 2006-2007 to 18% five years later.
A past article in The Wall Street Journal, “More B-Schools Choose Women as Deans” included mention of the following:“having women in leadership positions can make a mark on a school's student body, a crucial asset as institutions look to close the gender gap among that population as well…The presence of women deans, just like the presence of women executives in the corporate world, ‘helps [students] to see the kind of things they can do and where they can go,’ says Linda Livingstone, dean of Pepperdine University's Graziadio School of Business and Management.”
Linda Livingstone’s quotation in the article made me wonder if AACSB data shows that business schools led by female deans are more inclined to attracting female students. Take a look at the enrollment data below:
Based on these numbers, it doesn’t seem that female deanship makes a significant difference in female enrollment. But what we can infer is that female enrollment, especially at the MBA and EMBA levels, is still rather low; but appears closer to 50/50 at the Specialized Master’s level.
Encouraging females to pursue business education and leadership positions has been an important agenda item for many schools, as well as other various educational institutions and associations. More work needs to be done in this space, but I do predict that in the next five years our data will show more equal representations among females and males.