Extension Services (ES)

ES provides customized consultation for increasing women’s participation in undergraduate programs, helping computing departments achieve measurable results in the short term and the long term:

  • In only two years, two and a half times as many women applied to clients’ majors after implementing ES recommended recruiting plans.
  • The percent of declared majors who were women increased from 13 percent to 18 percent, in just three years.
  • Ten years after working with ES, client departments increased their percentage of women graduates from 11 percent to 21 percent, exceeding the national average.
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