The National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) will provide Michigan State University (MSU) with consulting assistance on bolstering the low number of female students in computing and engineering programs.
NCWIT will develop a two-fold strategic plan for retaining more female students in computer science and recruiting more female students into computer, electrical, and mechanical engineering fields.
"The goal of this launch is to immediately increase the visibility and raw numbers of women in these programs," says NCWIT CEO Lucy Sanders.
Encouraging young women to pursue tech careers is a workforce issue and also is about fairness, considering these fields offer a lot of good jobs, says MSU professor Laura Dillon. She notes the two-year partnership will be distinguished by its focus on data analysis. "We think this data-driven approach, along with outreach at national conferences dedicated to this topic, will improve our intervention capabilities," Dillon says.
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