NCWIT Extension Services Transformation (NEXT) Awards

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NCWIT’s Extension Services for Undergraduate Programs (ES-UP) provides customized consultation to academic departments to help improve their strategic recruitment and retention of women students in their majors. To recognize the achievements of these outstanding departments, NCWIT has established the NCWIT Extension Services Transformation (NEXT) Awards. These awards are funded by Google.

We are pleased to announce that the Call for Applications for the inaugural 2015 NEXT Awards is now open. 

Who Is Eligible? Current and former Extension Services clients.

With the NCWIT Extension Services Transformation (NEXT) Awards we celebrate past and present ES-UP clients for excellence in recruiting and retaining women in computing education. The awards reflect and reward practices that NCWIT recognizes as having the most significant impact on our long-term goal of increasing the number of women in information technology and other computing-related fields. Winning departments will be those that show significant positive outcomes in women’s enrollment and graduation rates, and have excellent potential for building on these gains.

Applications are due January 30, 2015.

Awards will be announced at NCWIT’s annual Summit in May 2015 in Hilton Head, SC.

What are the Awards?

  1. Excellence in Promoting Women in Undergraduate Computing ($100,000): This award is given to an ES-UP Client organization (department or departments, college) that demonstrates a strong commitment to and proven results in recruiting and retaining women into undergraduate computing programs. The Awardee is able to demonstrate: 1) an upward and sustained trend in enrollment and retention of women in the targeted majors over the previous five years (e.g. graduating classes from 2010-2014), 2) a focus on institutional and structural change, 3) the effective use of NCWIT Resources related to the ES-UP Systemic Change model given the organization’s particular circumstances, and 4) that the work is the result of a team effort.

  2. Excellence in Recruiting Women to Undergraduate Computing ($50,000): This award is given to an ES-UP Client organization (department or departments, college) that demonstrates a strong commitment to and proven results in recruiting women into undergraduate computing programs. The Awardee is able to demonstrate: 1) an upward and sustained trend in admissions and enrollment of women within the targeted majors over the previous three years (e.g. graduating classes from 2012-2014), 2) a focus on institutional and structural change, 3) the effective use of NCWIT Resources related to the ES-UP Systemic Change model given the organization’s particular circumstances, and 4) that the work is the result of a team effort.

  3. Excellence in Retaining Women in Undergraduate Computing ($50,000): This award is given to an ES-UP Client organization (department or departments, college) that demonstrates a strong commitment to and proven results in retaining women in undergraduate computing programs. The Awardee is able to demonstrate 1) an upward and sustained trend in graduation rates of women in the targeted majors over the previous three years (e.g. graduating classes from 2012-2014), 2) a focus on institutional and structural change, 3) the effective use of NCWIT Resources related to the ES-UP Systemic Change model given the organization’s particular circumstances, and 4) that the work is the result of a team effort.

For more information about the Call for Applications for 2015 (Round 1), please visit: http://www.ncwit.org/ncwit-next-awards-information.

For questions about the NEXT Awards, contact the ES-UP Program Manager, Emmy Soyka.

Learn more about Extension Services for Undergraduate Programs (ES-UP) and about NCWIT promising practices and other resources.

 

People Involved: 

Lucy Sanders

CEO and Co-founder
NCWIT

Beth Quinn

Director of Extension Services
NCWIT

Emmy Soyka

Extension Services Program Manager
NCWIT

Lecia Barker

Senior Researcher
University of Texas

Joanne M. Cohoon

Senior Researcher
University of Virginia

Leisa Thompson

Extension Services Director of Research & Consulting
NCWIT