June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
Women in Engineering
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Assessing the Success of Programs for Women in EngineeringMost professionals working in the field of diversity at a College of Engineering are aware thatthe nationwide percentage of females in engineering has been relatively stagnant. With amplehighly qualified students at the high school level, colleges and universities are yet challenged torecruit those students to their engineering programs, and keep them there. Many efforts havebeen and are underway to make a difference in this regard. The National Academy ofEngineering document, “Changing the Conversation,” suggests several approaches to changingthe view of the identity of engineering both as a field of study and a field of work. (nameredacted) University has had in place a Women in Engineering Program (WIE) for 15 years anda Women in Science (WISE) Living and Learning Community for seven years. This WISEcommunity has played an integral role in the strategy to increase the percentage of women in theCollege of Engineering through both recruitment and retention. In addition to WISE, certainother select recruitment strategies have also been put in place, such as a bridge program forincoming female students, a revision of recruiting materials, and others. This paper will describesome of the assessment data collected to determine the effectiveness of these strategies withregards to both recruitment and retention of female students. Data provided will includeperformance and retention data for women participating in various programs, such as WISE,versus non-participating females and males. Also described will be specific, innovativestrategies that have been put into place, such as a department head workshop and specificdepartment partnerships aimed at retention. All of these strategies have resulted in an elevenpercentage point increase in women in engineering and a retention rate for females that exceedsthat of males.
Bottomley, L., & Titus-Becker, K. C. (2015, June), Assessing the Success of Programs for Women in Engineering Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23594
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