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Broadening Participation: The Why and the How

Untitled-1We’re thrilled to have been recognized by the National Center for Women & Information Technology with NCWIT’s inaugural Excellence in Promoting Women in Undergraduate Computing Award, and with the coverage this received in the New York Times, the Seattle Times, Xconomy, GeekWire, UW Today, and KIRO Radio.

Two bits of followup:

First, here’s an article from a couple of years ago describing “the why and the how” of our focus on gender diversity.

Second, the attached graphic shows the results of this focus. It compares the % of Bachelors degrees in Computer Science that UW CSE grants to women, with the % granted by all CS programs (the data reported by the National Science Foundation) and the % granted by those programs that also grant the Ph.D. (the data reported by the Computing Research Association).

The bad news: We all have a long way to go.

The good news: Programs that focus on it (CMU, Harvey Mudd, MIT, UW, many others) are making progress.

The best email we received in response to the award: “The recognition is a great tribute to you and your colleagues in UW Computer Science & Engineering for doing the hard work necessary to deliver results. Everyone talks about it; it’s terrific when the UW can demonstrate it has done something about it.”

May 24, 2015