How Can You Re-Engineer Your Undergraduate Program to Increase Women's Representation in Computing? Small Steps Toward Systemic Change (Case Study 1)
The socio-educational system a student experiences shapes participation in the major. Altering one element of that system is often not enough to create enduring change. When faculty members are ready to implement organizational innovation, success is more likely if they receive support from institutional leaders, have access to adequate resources, and are able to participate in decision-making about the change. Computing departments at universities across the country have been implementing changes to the educational system experienced by all students to increase women’s representation in computing. Among other efforts, implementing collaborative learning environments (pair programming), creating flexible entry points into computing, and fostering supportive peer communities that extend beyond the classroom have resulted in increases in women’s representation in computing.