June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
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Recruiting and Retaining Women Engineers: An Analysis of a Successful College Program AbstractIn recent years, the percentage of women graduating nationally with a Bachelor of Science inCivil Engineering (BSCE) has been about 20% to 25%; however, there is a huge disparity in thepercentage of women graduating from school to school. At ___ University, the number ofwomen graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering has been 33% over the pastthree years, which is above the national average. This paper seeks to explore why thisdepartment has been successful in recruiting and retaining women by analyzing the New StudentSurvey data collected by the University. Answers that were shown to be statistically significantfor women will be examined in detail. A preliminary analysis revealed that women, more so thanmen, were drawn to the opportunity to study abroad and become involved in service activities.Women were also drawn to the library facilities and suburban location of the campus. In additionto analyzing survey data, focus group discussions with women within the program will be usedto obtain more in depth information on why women selected and remained in the program. All ofthe results will be placed into the context of the existing literature on recruiting and retainingwomen in engineering majors.
Welker, A. L., & Nazar, K. L., & Bonfanti, P. (2015, June), Recruiting and Retaining Women Engineers: An Analysis of a Successful College Program Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24652
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