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WE-IMPACT: Women in Engineering-Improving Program Assessment Tools for Outreach and Retention Programs

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Conference

2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

Start Date

June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Assessment and Evaluation of K-12 Engineering Programs

Tagged Divisions

K-12 & Pre-College Engineering and Engineering and Public Policy

Page Count

29

Page Numbers

22.1671.1 - 22.1671.29

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https://peer.asee.org/18770

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28

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Elizabeth Dell Rochester Institute of Technology

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Elizabeth Dell is the Director of Women in Technology, an Assistant Professor of Manufacturing & Mechanical Engineering Technology and the Miller Endowed Professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology. She is the Program Chair for Undeclared Engineering Technology. Dell received degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Kettering University and Macromolecular Science & Engineering from the University of Michigan. Research interests include sustainable materials development, selection and characterization and increasing the diversity of the engineering workforce.

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Margaret B. Bailey Rochester Institute of Technology

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Margaret Bailey is Professor of Mechanical Engineering within the Kate Gleason College of Engineering at RIT and is the Founding Executive Director for the nationally recognized women in engineering program called WE@RIT. She recently accepted the role as Faculty Associate to the Provost for Female Faculty and serves as the co-chair on the President’s Commission on Women. She began her academic career as an Assistant Professor at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, being the first woman civilian faculty member in her department. Margaret maintains a research program in the area of advanced thermodynamic analyses and health monitoring of energy intensive systems.

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Shauna O'Hurley Rochester Institute of Technology

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Shauna O'Hurley is studying Computer Engineering Technology at the Rochester Institute of Technology. She is the President of the student chapter of the Society of Women Engineers at RIT. She has also been very active in the Women in Engineer (WE@RIT) office within the Kate Gleason College of Engineering at RIT, helping to assist managing and helping to run programs.

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Robert P. Lillis Evalumetrics Research

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Rob Lillis is President of Evalumetrics Research and has been providing planning, research and evaluation services to education, substance abuse, criminal justice, traffic safety, health and mental health programs at the state and local level for over 35 years. He is the Evaluation Consultant for the Rochester Institute of Technology Women in Engineering Project and for the Rochester Area Colleges Center for Excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). He also provides evaluation services for school districts for a variety of special programs including 21st Century Learning Center programs, after-school mentoring programs and environmental education programs. Mr. Lillis has served as the evaluator for numerous community substance abuse prevention and intervention programs and has conducted outcome studies for the Yes Pa Foundation, character education program.

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Betsy Khol Women in Engineering

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Robert D. Garrick Rochester Institute of Technology

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Robert D. Garrick, Ph.D., P.E. is an Associate Professor of Manufacturing & Mechanical Engineering Technology. Garrick's research interests are Engineering Education and Smart Building systems.

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Jeanne Christman Rochester Institute of Technology Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-3708-037X

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Jeanne Christman is an Assistant Professor in the Computer Engineering Technology Department at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Her expertise is in the area of Embedded Systems Desgin and System on a Chip. She is also actively involved in recruitment and retention of females in engineering technology.

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Abstract

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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