Assessment Tools Help Engineering Programs Recruit and Retain Female Students

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The School of Information Science & Learning Technologies is working to develop performance tools that assess the effectiveness of engineering and science programs to recruit and retain women. Partnering with Penn State University, Rose Marra is working with the National Girls Collaborative Project, Assessing Women in Engineering (AWE) and the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) to build capacity in reaching female engineering students and to distribute a comprehensive set of assessment tools to help recruitment efforts and to measure retention rates. The need for this work is supported by the continued low enrollment of women in undergraduate engineering programs where percentages remain at approximately 20% in spite of over two decades of efforts to increase enrollments.