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Full-Time Administrators: Looking at Gender by Position Title and Accreditation Status

March 2014

By Jessica Brown, Senior Manager, Knowledge Services, AACSB International

Gender is a hot topic whether we are looking at school faculty, enrollments, administration, or even at the top positions like CEO in any industry. Each year, AACSB collects information on the gender of full-time administrators at business schools through the annual Global Salary Survey. For 2013-2014, over 600 member schools (531 AACSB-accredited) chose to participate in the Global Salary Survey, providing information on more than 3,600 full-time administrators for the categories included below. The data in the following charts below includes both nine-month and twelve-month positions at participating schools. As schools may differ from one another in the precise position title used, the positions listed below are based on the best match for full-time administrators at each school.

Based on the Global Salary Survey data, 21.2 percent of all deans reported on the survey were listed as female. The positions with the greatest percentage of female administrators reported focused on communications/public relations (70.9 percent), internships (70.2 percent), major gifts (69.9 percent), business library services (68.2 percent), and cooperative programs (67.6 percent). Female administrators made up more than half of the positions for 12 administration-level titles.

Other than the deanship, administrators were also most commonly reported as male for associate dean (67.4 percent), and positions focused on information technology (85.4 percent), research (70.6 percent), small business administration (63.5 percent), and executive MBA (56.1 percent). Male administrators made up over half of the positions for nine administration-level titles.

When limited to only schools that hold AACSB Accreditation, the field doesn't change that much, with no more than a 5.0 percent difference between gender percentages reported at all schools and those reported at AACSB-accredited schools.

(Tables include both nine-month and twelve-month positions, and exclude position categories for academic department chairs, directors of accounting, and other.)