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Women in Engineering
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Making a Difference: How to Recruit More Community College Women and Underrepresented Minority Students Into Engineering and Computer ScienceAlthough there are many reasons to choose to go to a community college, economicsusually being a large factor, many students make this choice because they don’t know inwhich field they want to major. Research has shown that many students do not chooseengineering or computer science as a major until after they are at the community college.Students who come from rural (non-metropolitan) areas often choose a communitycollege because it is close and, due to a lack of diverse role models, may not know whichcareer pathway to choose. “Intrusive advising” can be very effective on high school andcommunity college students when they are asked to consider what type of career theywould like to have and then presented with the creative, people-helping, challenging,innovative, exciting careers that are available in engineering and computer science. Forthe first time engineering and computer science are on the radar for these students. Thestudents are further presented with what engineers do and the 21st Century challenges tatengineers now face.Through an NSF STEP grant, a Research I university is collaborating with five non-metropolitan community colleges, some of which are minority institutions, to encouragemore students to study engineering and computer science, to make their transfer easier,and to support the students after they have transferred. The first step is to get the highschool or community college students’ attention and to have them consider engineeringand computer science. Most of these students have never met an engineer and have neverbeen visited by someone from a university.“Do you have any idea of the impact that you are making on these students by talking tothem about career planning and a career in engineering or computer science?” Thisquestion was asked of university professors who had just visited a non-metropolitancommunity college where students grow up and are familiar with only two or threecareers available in their area.This paper describes the impact of information and recruitment visits by universityprofessors, staff, and students on high school and community college students at non-metropolitan community colleges. The paper will also describe the experiences ofstudents who then take this advice and transfer to the university. Of particular interestwill be the female and underrepresented minority students who are reached through thisprogram.
Anderson-Rowland, M. R., & Rodriguez, A. A., & Grierson, A. (2011, June), Making a Difference: How to Recruit More Community College Women and Underrepresented Minority Students into Engineering and Computer Science Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18313
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