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The Pay Gap for Women in Higher Ed

Supporting the Profession Equity, Inclusion and Social Justice Socioeconomic and Class Issues in Higher Education
April 1, 2021
The closing keynote at NASPA rightfully caused concern as we think about higher education as an industry. The College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) has documented that there are significant pay gaps for women and/or people of color in higher education. For women they found that the more women there are in a specific area of higher education then the lower the pay.  Essentially, the more women participate the more the work is devalued. CUPA-HR also notes that only 30% of top executives are women. CUPA-HR’s analysis did not examine what happens if you happen to be both a woman and a person of color.

Knowing these data can make it challenging to continue to work in an industry helping others reach their goals when our own of homeownership, retirement, and a strong savings account. Thus, we wanted your thoughts on what we ideas and thoughts we should take back to NASPA about how to support closing the pay gap for women administrators in higher education.

What can the larger NASPA organization do to support you?

What would you like for the KC to provide?

Are there practices you’ve seen that have done this work well?


At present, NASPA is rethinking its equity, inclusion, and social justice division through a working group and Shonda will be sitting on that committee. We want to be sure that staff needs are addressed in addition to those of students, particularly during a time of increased layoffs and furloughs. Please share with us your thoughts. We look forward to advancing them forward.