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Attracting and Retaining Women in Computer Science and Engineering: Evaluating the Results

Summary: Attracting and Retaining Women in Computer Science and Engineering:
Evaluating the Results
University of North Texas, Computer Science and Engineering,
Denton, TX 76203, USA. E-mail: dkeathly@unt.edu rakl@cse.unt.edu
Computer science and engineering communities have been exploring a variety of activities and
techniques to attract and retain more students, especially women and minorities, to computer
science and computer engineering degree programs1
. This paper briefly describes the efforts and
results of a plan for actively recruiting young women into undergraduate computer engineering
and computer science programs hosted by the University of North Texas (UNT). It also describes
a series of activities aimed at improving the retention rate of students already in our programs,
particularly during the freshman year. Such recruitment and retention efforts are critical to the
country's efforts to increase the number of engineering professionals, and are a priority for the
Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) Department at UNT.
We initially designed a three-part plan to achieve our recruitment and retention goals:
Sponsorship of portable and mobile summer computer engineering robotics camps for
middle and high-school women students, coordinating with the regional Girl Scouts
councils and other organizations to help with the recruitment;


Source: Akl, Robert - Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of North Texas


Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences