June 26, 2011
June 26, 2011
June 29, 2011
Women in Engineering
22.797.1 - 22.797.11
Impact of an NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Grant at a STEM-Dominant UniversityThe National Science Foundation’s ADVANCE program solicitation states that “The goal of theADVANCE program is to develop systemic approaches to increase the representation andadvancement of women in academic science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)careers, thereby contributing to the development of a more diverse science and engineeringworkforce.” Forty-six universities have received ADVANCE Institutional Transformation grantsto date. These institutions have taken a variety of approaches to transformation, from a focus onhiring more women to preparing women for leadership roles, educating department heads, andrevising university policies. (Stewart et al., 2007) As grant funding for the early awards expires,these institutions are evaluating the impact of the programs and prioritizing activities forcontinuation.One STEM-Dominant university has used its ADVANCE funding to take a comprehensiveapproach to institutional transformation, incorporating activities to increase the pipeline ofwomen preparing for academic science and engineering careers, improve recruitment andretention of women, develop women leaders, update work-life policies, and warm departmentclimate. As the program has evolved, activities have been modified in response to feedbackfrom participants, changes in leadership, and lessons learned from other ADVANCE institutions.Prior to the conclusion of the grant, the university reviewed all activities for impact. Some havenow been “institutionalized” into day-to-day operations, while others have been discontinued andstill others have expanded to address broader definitions of diversity.Assessment activities included tracking numbers of women at various levels across theuniversity, individual activity evaluations, campus-wide faculty surveys, tracking of policyutilization, interviews, and focus groups. Such a mixed-methods approach combines quantitativeand qualitative indicators of change and provides deeper insight into the impact of interventionson the experiences of women faculty. This paper uses feedback on the impact of ADVANCEprogram activities from focus groups of female engineering professors and quantitative data fromfaculty surveys to explore perceptions of climate and work-life balance in the college ofengineering.
Layne, P., & Hall, M. R. (2011, June), Impact of an NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Grant at a STEM-Dominant University Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18078
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