Extension Services (ES)

NCWIT Extension Services (ES) partners with undergraduate departments of computing to tackle a national crisis. In 2017-18, only 19 percent (or 12,561) of the 65,382 Computer and Information Sciences undergraduate degree recipients were women. NCWIT ES addresses this severe gender imbalance in undergraduate computing by equipping computing departments (“clients”) with evidence-based strategies and resources to attract women to their majors and retain them through graduation. ES and departmental change-leader teams advance sustained organizational change by revising socio-educational systems, not by changing women to fit into existing systems.

These outcomes are a result of change agents using ES’s research-based approaches and resources that focus on creating sustainable change by revising educational systems, not by changing women to fit these systems.

View an interactive diagram of these strategic approaches for recruitment and retention, and design your own strategic plan.

View Strategic Approaches


Learn More

  • Visit the FAQ page to learn about the ES consultation process, evaluative tools to help determine the use of scarce resources, and ES funding sources.
  • Download the ES Info Sheet.

ES is generously supported by the National Science Foundation (Awards HRD-1203148/1203198/1203174/1203179).

Member Tools

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.

ACT Tracker

(NEW!) The NCWIT Tracking Tool is now open for 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.

Tracking Tool

Webinar: Increase Women in Computer Science & Engineering Majors: 5 Evidence-Based Strategies (A Case Study)

This webinar was presented on May 18, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. EDT by Dr. Jennifer Goodall, an Extension Services Consultant, and Elizabeth Ensweiler, the Director of Enrollment Management at NYU Tandon School of Engineering. The webinar discussed how the NYU Tandon School of Engineering, with the help of the Extension Services program, changed their recruitment practices to significantly increase the recruitment of women Computer Science and Engineering majors.

Webinar Video


People Involved: 

Lucy Sanders

CEO and Co-founder

Lecia Barker

Senior Research Scientist

Leisa Thompson

Director of Research and Consulting

Susan Metz

Principal Investigator of Engage: Engaging Students in Engineering
Stevens Institute of Technology

Sherri L. Sanders

Extension Services Program Director

Gretchen Achenbach

Research Scientist
University of Virginia

Zhen Wu

Research Associate

Jamie Huber Ward

Extension Services Associate Director

Hannah Weber

Assistant to the Extension Services Director