Vermont Women in Higher Education


Our History

In 1977, the Inclusive Excellence Group within the American Council on Education began a National Identification Program for the Advancement of Women in Higher Education Administration (ACE-NIP). That program is now called the ACE Women's Network. The central goals of the program are to promote both women's leadership and women leaders by identifying talented women and encouraging and supporting their advancement to policy-making levels of administration. ACE-NIP is dedicated to ensuring that everyone understands the necessity of creating institutions that serve women and men equitably.

The state-based ACE-NIP system forms a national network of women and men dedicated to developing a firm system of equal opportunity. The critical problems in higher education demanded the best minds and the most effective leaders, which include women administrators.

Vermont Women in Higher Education (VWHE) was established in 1977 in conjunction with ACE-NIP. Vermont's program has been considered a model for other programs throughout the nation because of its innovative programs and services to women in higher education. Vermont was the first state to initiate a college student leadership program conference for future women leaders.

In 2019, VWHE became a registered 501(c)(3) private, nonprofit organization.


As part of the 2017-2018 strategic planning process, which resulted in a revised mission and bylaws, the VWHE Executive Board established four strategic priorities in July 2018:

  • Provide opportunities for professional development;

  • Recognize the successes of women;

  • Engage an inclusive community of women;

  • Ensure the organizational sustainability of VWHE.

Strategic Plan