Mission Statement

Rutgers Ace-net Mission Statement

Launched in 1977, the primary goal of ACE-NET is to advance women in higher education administration. The Rutgers University Chapter of ACE-NET is committed to creating an educational, social, and political climate in which the worldwide voices and values of women, in all their diversity and richness, are heard and included in efforts to shape the public agenda.

National Ace-net Mission Statement

As the American Council on Education's National Network of Women Leaders (NNWL, known formerly as the ACE National Identification Program, or ACE/N.E.T.) approaches the threshold of its third decade, it is important both to reflect upon its achievements and to envision its future role. 

Over the 20-year history of the NNWL, much has been accomplished. The number of women participating and succeeding in higher education at all levels has steadily increased, as have the number of women in senior administrative positions, especially presidencies. But the gains of recent years have not come easily, and much remains to be accomplished. Women's presence and visibility in education, business, the media, and politics have increased substantially, yet our full influence in the public arena has not been realized. It is clear that rededication to the goal of advancing women leaders in higher education is important. But more is needed to achieve the ultimate goal of crafting an educational, social, and political climate in which the voices of women in all their diversity and richness are valued in setting the public agenda. 

In 1994, we embarked on the next phase of the Network, a phase seeking to transform the organizational life of college campuses and to engage all in the academy in envisioning an environment in which women and men together can reach a new level of understanding and communication. This new exchange was designed to enhance opportunities for everyone and may be the most difficult phase of all. At the same time in which the program promotes women's leadership and especially women's movement into presidencies, it must also develop and promote a framework to assure that women gain a greater public voice. This public voice is essential to women being heard and involved in shaping national policies, determining institutional agendas, and naming priorities for group action. 

It was in 1995 that the program was renamed the ACE National Network for Women Leaders in Higher Education to reflect its complexity and the multiple roles that had evolved. Given the increased importance of global awareness on every level of society, the Office of Women in Higher Education also developed an international dimension first by creating an international network of women presidents and then by encouraging international programming at the state level. In assuring that the voices of women worldwide are at the center of both conversations and debates that form public agendas for the future, the ACE National Network reaffirmed its founding principle of inclusion, i.e., a belief that women, in all our diversity-race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, class, disability, must be integral to our collective voice. Our ultimate goal is the inclusion of the voices and values of all women and men, not only in shaping the National Network, but more importantly in molding the future of higher education and society. 

Participants in the ACE National Network for Women Leaders are buoyed by past successes and energized by their vision that a future environment can be created in which the voices of all women and men can be heard and understood. In pursuing this goal, the Network assertively embraces the challenge of creating new metaphors and being open to new paradigms informed by new knowledge and thoughtful conversation.