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UNH President's Commission on the Status of Women

Report on the Status of Women

 

UNH ADMINISTRATION

Overview of Findings

 Figure 5: Salary Classes for UNH Administrators July 1993

Administration == Composition

1. There is a noticeable underrepresentation of women in the higher levels of the administration.

a. Of the 16 principal administrators (which includes the president, vice presidents, and deans), only one is a woman in an interim position.(see Endnote 1)

b. Of the 180 Executive/Administrative/ Managerial (Supervisory) staff, some 45.4% are women, but these are distributed unequally among the different areas (see Table 1).

Women are severely underrepresented in Academic Administration and Executive Management positions (27.3% and 21.8% respectively) and overrepresented in Supervisory Management positions (60.8%).

This indicates the existence of a glass ceiling, above which it is difficult for women to gain entry to the higher levels. And at the highest levels of academic administration, two of the three positions filled by women are relatively new.

c.Similarly, at the level of department chairs (who are regarded primarily as faculty but bridge the gap between faculty and administration), only 11 (22.0%) of the 50 faculty chairpersons are women. This number has remained relatively stable over the past few years. In 1991-92, 9 of 51 chairpersons were women and in 1992-93, 10 of 51 chairs were women.

2.People of color are woefully absent from the administration at UNH. There are only 2 administrators of color at UNH; both are women. This constitutes less than 1% of administrators at UNH.

 

Compensation

When it comes to compensation, there is still a noticeable difference between the salary levels of men and women administrators (see Table 2).3 Women constitute:

a. 75.0% of those making under $35,000;

b. 54.4% of those making between $35,000 and $55,000; only

c. 31.0% of those making between $55,000 and $66,000; and a low

d. 19.0% of those making $65,000 and above.

It is clear from these figures just where the glass ceiling for women administrators begins, and whereas we are reluctant to recommend that more administrators be paid over $65,000 a year, we do recommend greater equity and access for women to top administrative positions.

 

When salary data are regrouped for comparison with figures from the Annual Report for 1992-93 and 1991-92, in 1993-94, women constituted:

a. 83.3% of those making under $30,000;

b. 67.9% of those making between $30,000 and $45,000; and

c. 26.1% of those making more than $45,000.

Looked at this way, little has changed in terms of the percentage of women making over $45,000; and a bigger percentage of women constitute the middle income bracket. However, compared to 1991-92 and 1992-93, women made up a much larger percentage of those administrators making under $30,000 (66.7%).

 

Recruitment and Retention

There were 7 administrative, management, and supervisory appointments made in 1992-93; 2 women were hired.4 In 1993-94, 7 administrative, management, and supervisory appointments were made; there was 1 woman hired.

 

TABLE 1: UNH ADMINISTRATORS BY JOB CATEGORY - JULY 1993

 

TABLE 2: SALARY CLASSES FOR EAM ADMINISTRATORS - July 1993

 


ENDNOTES

1. Source: Affirmative Action Office: Report for Plan Year through September 30, 1993.

2. They have even lost some ground since 1990-91, when the figures were 30.8% and 27.5% respectively.

3. Table 2 is now constructed to show a wider range of salary brackets.

4. Affirmative Action Report, Plan Year October 1, 1992 to September 30, 1993.

 


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