June 26, 2011
June 26, 2011
June 29, 2011
K-12 & Pre-College Engineering and Engineering and Public Policy
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WE-IMPACT- Women in Engineering - Improving Program Assessment Tools for Outreach and Retention ProgramsThe Women in Engineering organizations at the Rochester Institute of Technology includeWomen in Engineering at RIT- WE@RIT and Women in Technology-WIT. WE@RIT and WIThave programming to retain and recruit women into their respective engineering basededucational programs. The ability to track data to assess the outcomes of their efforts is a criticalcomponent in determining individual program and overall organizational success. WE@RIT andWIT are working cooperatively to improve and expand the assessment framework of theiroutreach and retention programs. This paper outlines the analysis and enhancement of existingassessment tools used for two outreach programs for middle school girls: WE@RIT’s “Park &Ride – Creative Robotic Design”, a two day program for girls in grades 6-8 and WIT’s “GirlScout Technology Workshop” for girls from 4th-7th grades. The improvement strategy includesintegrating a social science based perspective on creating survey questions from intendedbehaviors and associated outcomes as well as through using age-appropriate language.
Dell, E., & Bailey, M. B., & O'Hurley, S., & Lillis, R. P., & Khol, B., & Garrick, R. D., & Christman, J. (2011, June), WE-IMPACT: Women in Engineering-Improving Program Assessment Tools for Outreach and Retention Programs Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. https://peer.asee.org/18770
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