Extension Services for Undergraduate Programs

NCWIT Extension Services for Undergraduate Programs (ES-UP) provides customized consultation to undergraduate departments of computing to help them develop high-impact strategies for recruiting and retaining more women students.

Our most recent NSF cohort of clients increased the percentage of women in their computing degree programs from 13% to 15% in only two years. While most of these programs are experiencing significant growth in their majors, the growth rate within these programs for women majors is, on average, higher than that for men (68% vs. 37%).

ES-UP employs a multi-pronged strategic planning model, illustrated in the following interactive diagram. Explore the various components to an effective strategic plan and find useful NCWIT resources by clicking on the different elements of the model.

Systemic Change ModelAssess Your EffortsRecruit StrategicallyRetain CurriculumRetain with Student SupportSupport Your Iniviatives



ES-UP is generously supported by the National Science Foundation (Awards HRD-1203148/1203198/1203174/1203179) and Google.org. For more information about currently funded ES-UP projects, visit our “Learn More About the Extension Services Program” page.



People Involved: 

Lucy Sanders

CEO and Co-founder

Lecia Barker

Senior Research Scientist

Joanne M. Cohoon

Senior Research Scientist

Beth Quinn

Director of ES-UP

Leisa Thompson

Director of Research and Consulting

Emmy Soyka

Program Manager

Susan Metz

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