ERIC Number: ED396688
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
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Encouraging Enrollment and Retention of Women in Computer Science Classes.
Sturm, Deborah; Moroh, Marsha
Women computer science students at the College of Staten Island (CSI) in New York have a substantially higher pass rate than their male classmates; however, their enrollment and retention rates are low. During the last year and a half women on the computer science faculty at CSI developed two projects designed to increase the enrollment and retention rates of female undergraduate computer science students. Some outcomes of these projects include: a brochure profiling the female computer science faculty and outlines benefits of a career in computer science; a series of review workshops on material in the introductory computer science course; two seminars for potential women majors in which the department was introduced and career opportunities were discussed; a multi-user database which collects background information from the seminar participants; and a mentoring program which provides alumna role models. The faculty are also trying to encourage women to pursue graduate degrees in computer science. Women undergraduates are being actively recruited to participate in research projects. Three tables depict the enrollment in an introductory computer course by gender for 1988-1990; computer science majors by gender for 1990-1992; and a summary of response analysis from a computer science alumni questionnaire. (Contains 13 references.) (Author/AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: City University of New York Coll of Staten Island
Note: In: Recreating the Revolution. Proceedings of the Annual National Educational Computing Conference (15th, Boston, Massachusetts, June 13-15, 1994); see IR 017 841.