APRU report: Bridging the gender gap in higher education

The Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) published its Gender Gap Report for 2013. The objective of the report is to help identify the key areas and issues that each university has to address and encourage member institutions to participate in a collective effort in bridging the gender gap in higher education.

The report surveyed 32 APRU member universities in different economies. The survey gathered information on staff growth, gender representation, and input on organizational policy.

The National Autonomous University of Mexico had the largest number of staff (66,000) followed by University of Washington (33,000) and University of California, Davis (31,000). Sixty six percent of universities employ more than 5,000 thousand staff, including 16% who employ more than 15,000.

According to the largest percentage of women is present amongst entry level academics (44%) and the lowest in professor (22%).

Ninety‐six per cent of respondents (28) to Part 2 of the survey reported that their university has a gender equity initiative in some form, typically in child care (93%) and flexible work (86%).

The four policy areas used least frequently include recruitment, pay equity, mentoring and training. The universities that did not record initiatives in these areas stated either that the process was equal or they did not provide any information.

The USA and Canada were the only countries that described the pay gap being actively addressed; with the USA being the only country that directly referenced affirmative action policies. Seven countries provided details of training and development policies for women. Seven countries also described a mentoring program. Thailand and China did not provide details in regard to this issue.

Professor Ann Brewer, deputy vice‐chancellor strategic management at the University of Sydney compiled the report, which is available online as a PDF.