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women@scs2.2 1/27/2001 lblum@cs.cmu.edu Copyright 2001 Lenore Blum All Rights Reserved
 

Summary: women@scs2.2 1/27/2001
lblum@cs.cmu.edu Copyright 2001 Lenore Blum All Rights Reserved
Women in Computer Science: The
Carnegie Mellon Experience1
Lenore Blum
Overview
In 1995, the Computer Science Department at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) began
an effort to bring more women into its undergraduate computer science (CS) program.
At that time, just 7% (7 out of 96) of entering freshman computer science majors at
Carnegie Mellon were women. Five years later, the percentage of women in the entering
class had increased fivefold. In 1999, women were 38% of the incoming first-year
computer science class (50 out of 130)2
; in the fall of 2000, approximately 40% of the
entering class were women. [See Table 1.]
Rather than an endpoint, the increasing number of women in the program signifies the
beginning of a crucial period of transition for women in computer science at CMU. We
are now faced with the challenge of ensuring that women and men in the program thrive.
Starting in the academic year 1999-2000, there has been a concerted effort to foster a
community committed to this process. We anticipate that the impact of these efforts will
be truly transformative--not only by bringing more women into the computer science

  

Source: Andrews, Peter B. - Department of Mathematical Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University

 

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