2015 NEXT Award Commendation Page: Indiana University

School of Informatics and Computing

Recipient of the 2015 NCWIT Extension Services Transformation Award

Second Place ($50,000)

NCWIT recognizes the accomplishment of Indiana University’s School of Informatics and Computing in promoting women in computing by awarding them second place (tie) in the inaugural 2015 NEXT Awards. The IU School of Informatics and Computing began working with the NCWIT Extension Services for Undergraduate Programs in 2008. In the same year, they also became an NCWIT Pacesetter. Like many computing programs, Indiana’s School of Informatics and Computing has experienced significant increases in undergraduate enrollment in recent years (from 743 majors in 2009 to 1,330 in 2014). Even in the face of these pressures, they have maintained a commitment to diversity and inclusion, and have steadily grown the percentage of women students, especially in their Informatics major. In 2013, women students made up 21% of their graduating class in Informatics, up from a low of 11% in 2007.

SOIC deserves special acknowledgment for its effective use of the NCWIT Systemic Change Model, resulting in a strategic and well-coordinated suite of recruiting and retention initiatives. This includes building exceptionally strong support from institutional leadership -- a key to effective and sustainable change. They are also commended for consistently making evaluation a key component to their initiatives.

Collaborative Team:

  • Dr. Bobby Schnabel, Dean
  • Dr. Maureen Biggers, Assistant Dean for Diversity and Education
  • Dr. Esfan Haghverdi, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies
  • Dr. Lamara Warren, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, School of Informatics and Computing


  • Dr. Dennis Groth, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education

Extension Services Consultants:

  • Dr. Angela Arndt (current)
  • Dr. Tom McKlin, Dr. Sylvia Beyer


For more information on NCWIT's Extension Services for Undergraduate Programs, visit ncwit.org/extensionservices.