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A.W.E. (Assessing Women In Engineering) – A Model For Sustainable And Profitable Collaboration

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2003 Annual Conference


Nashville, Tennessee

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June 22, 2003

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June 22, 2003

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June 25, 2003



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ASEE Multimedia Session

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8.147.1 - 8.147.15



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Rose Marra

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Session 2793

AWE: A Model for Sustainable and Profitable Collaboration

Rose M. Marra, Barbara Bogue University of Missouri – Columbia / The Pennsylvania State University


We know from the literature that effective collaborative relationships can have significant positive effects on all participants including (a) higher achievement and greater productivity, (b) more caring, supportive, and committed relationships, and (c) greater psychological health, social competence, and self-esteem1. This same literature tells us that the reasons for these positive results are based in working relationships where the participants are able to synergistically supplement each other’s weaknesses or gaps in knowledge and skills. They are then able to combine knowledge and experience to create a new understanding of problems in order to help each other achieve desired goals. This paper describes a relatively unusual collaboration in the Women in Engineering / Engineering Education community – a collaborative partnership between a Women in Engineering (WIE) program director and an educational assessment specialist. Although such partnerships have existed before, this one offers the unique attributes of an ongoing in-depth relationship between the two professionals that is resulting in more carefully crafted assessment tools and implementation processes that can promote systemic change in WIE. This in-progress partnership which is being realized through the NSF-funded “Assessing Women in Engineering” (AWE) grant2 has allowed the WIE director (and other WIE directors nation- wide) access to validated and reliable WIE activity assessment instruments and also providing educational assessment professional with in depth insights into the culture of the assessment discipline.

In this paper we examine the characteristics of each partner’s contributions, the benefits of such a partnership, what this partnership is accomplishing, and how other such partnerships can be developed at other institutions.

Overview / Related Literature

An effective partnership or collaboration must offer synergistic advantages to all parties involved. This section provides an overview of the two types of positions represented in this partnership – WIE directors and assessment experts; the problems both of these positions face in performing their jobs and an introduction to how this partnership can address these problems and provide

Proceedings of the 2003 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition Copyright © 2003, American Society for Engineering Education.

Marra, R. (2003, June), A.W.E. (Assessing Women In Engineering) – A Model For Sustainable And Profitable Collaboration Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. 10.18260/1-2--12423

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