The NCWIT Academic Alliance (AA) focuses on changing the local conditions that create barriers to attracting and graduating women in postsecondary computing by adopting and contributing research-based practices. The AA brings together more than 2,000 distinguished representatives from more than 550 colleges and universities nationwide.
Academic Alliance member benefits include:
- Access to leading-edge effective practices for recruiting and retaining women
- Two free registrations to NCWIT's annual Summit
- Opportunities to attend workshops and compare practices with other institutions
- Ability to apply for funding opportunities
- Listed on NCWIT's Academic Alliance dynamic map and webpages
- Participation in NCWIT marketing and branding campaigns
- Publicize your opportunities via NCWIT Social Media by sending your post here
- Your students are eligible to join the Aspirations in Computing community and apply for student opportunities
- Apply for free consultative programs such as Pacesetters and Extension Services
- NCWIT will automatically share any of your technical jobs posted on Indeed on NCWIT's Jobs with Members page
- Use of member tools to track goals and enrollment data (see ACT and Tracking Tool details below)
For more information concerning membership look at what our members are doing, view the AA bylaws and Membership Agreement, fill out this form, or contact the AA program director, Kim Kalahar, or one of the AA Co-Chairs:
- Cheryl Calhoun (Santa Fe College)
- Maureen Doyle (Northern Kentucky University)
- Leen-Kiat Soh (University of Nebraska - Lincoln)
The Academic Alliance also supports two other Projects within NCWIT: NCWIT Extension Services for Undergraduate Programs and NCWIT Pacesetters. NCWIT Extension Services (ES) provides customized consultation services to members of the NCWIT Academic Alliance (AA) for implementing systemic change in their undergraduate programs (UP) in ways that increase enrollment, retention, and graduation of women, while NCWIT Pacesetters is a fast-track program in which senior executives from startups, corporations, universities, and government commit to increasing their numbers of technical women. Please use the links above to learn more about how you can become involved with these great projects.
Member Tools and Resources
Use the NCWIT Activity and Change Tracker (ACT) to track your activities — a collaborative, online tool for NCWIT Alliance Members to share their broadening participation in computing efforts with all supporters and followers of NCWIT.
The NCWIT Tracking Tool is open to Academic Alliance members. This online evaluation tool helps academic departments evaluate efforts for recruiting and retaining students, by collecting and charting enrollment and outcome data (i.e., attrition, retention, completions) by major.
NCWIT Extension Services for Undergraduate Programs recommends a strategic, sustainable approach for attracting and retaining women that focuses on revising educational systems to create an inclusive experience for all students. With this model, you can create awareness and knowledge about systemic change, as women often switch out of computing majors because they feel alienated, not because of their ability or suitability for the career. And, you can identify program aspects that influence women’s participation and explore the different ways that you can make change.
Academic Alliance Leadership
Right to left: Current 2018-2019 AA Co-chairs: Maureen Doyle, outgoing Co-chair Robert Beck, Cheryl Calhoun, Leen-Kiat Soh, AA Program Director Kim Kalahar