The Coordinating Commission's associate director, Carna Pfeil, and its research coordinator, Barbara McCuen, presented at the annual Women in Educational Leadership Conference, held Oct. 11 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Their presentation was titled "Statewide Analysis and Implications of Increasing Numbers of Women at Nebraska Colleges and Universities." Among the findings presented by Pfeil and McCuen:
- More low-income females than males are working out of poverty by going on to college;
- Increasing numbers of women are being educated for leadership roles in business, education, healthcare and public administration;
- Increasing numbers of women are qualified for faculty and administration positions in higher education. As a result of this trend, more women are on the faculties of Nebraska's colleges and universities.
- However, the difference between the average salaries earned by men and women has increased 13 percent during the past 10 years. Full-time male faculty members now earn, on average, $14,000 more than their female colleagues.
The Women in Educational Leadership Conference attracts K-12 and higher-education leaders from across the country. Started in 1987, the conference has drawn attendees and presenters from all 50 states and 11 foreign countries.