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Regional Celebrations-in-a-Box: Connecting Communities of Technical Women

Regional Celebrations-in-a-Box contains resources for organizing small conferences designed to increase the participation, retention, and advancement of technical women. This program-in-a-box is a compilation of materials and practices from Regional Celebrations around the country that bring women together in supportive communities for professional growth. The box includes advice about planning and materials for program elements such as intentional role modeling, group and individual mentoring, networking, and ways to share accurate career information.

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How to Create and Sustain a Women in Computing Group on Your Campus

Women's groups can help to retain students and can provide an infrastructure for local activism. This brief guide discusses how to get a group started and to build its structure, the importance of maintaining an open and public presence, possible activities, ways to build membership, and the value of affiliating with other groups.

2016 HI-TEC Conference

Monday, July 25, 2016 (All day) to Thursday, July 28, 2016 (All day)

HI-TEC is a national conference on advanced technological education where secondary and postsecondary educators, counselors, industry professionals, trade organizations, and technicians can update their knowledge and skills. Charged with Educating America’s Technical Workforce, the event focuses on the preparation needed by the existing and future workforce for companies in the high-tech sectors that drive our nation’s economy.

Thursday at 8:15am. (7/28) NCWIT's Beth Quinn will be giving a talk with AA member and community college professor Pam Silvers about NCWIT. 

Recruiting and Retaining Diverse Students in Computing: The NCWIT Approach: This session introduces participants to NCWIT—a member-based nonprofit organization of almost 600 academic institutions, companies, and nonprofits working to increase women’s meaningful participation in computing. We will explore how NCWIT equips change leaders with research-based resources to build capacity, raise awareness, reach critical populations, and implement systemic change in their organizations. We will focus on the postsecondary space, and one or more AA member representatives (faculty or staff) will discuss how they made use of NCWIT resources and programs to affect change. Free NCWIT resources and information on how to get involved will be provided.

2016 CRA Conference at Snowbird

Sunday, July 17, 2016 (All day) to Tuesday, July 19, 2016 (All day)

The biennial CRA Conference at Snowbird is the flagship invitation-only conference for the leadership of the North American computing research community.

July 18, 2016 (Monday) 11:00 AM NCWIT's Lecia Barker will be speaking:

Student Profiles and Motivations During the Enrollment Growth (Ballroom 2)

This panel will address a number of questions, including:

2016 ASCA Annual Conference

Saturday, July 9, 2016 (All day) to Tuesday, July 12, 2016 (All day)

Join us this summer at the 2016 ASCA Annual Conference, The Recipe for Success, in New Orleans, July 9-12. We've lined up more than 150 breakout sessions for your education and professional development, not to mention amazing speakers and networking opportunities. 

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Evaluation Tools

Find a variety of surveys, observation forms, self-evaluation worksheets, and more that you can use “as is” or adapt for your own evaluation purposes. There are instruments that can be used to help you evaluate K-12, workplace, and post-secondary interventions.

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NCWIT Tips: 11 Ways to Design More Inclusive Academic Websites

Your computing department’s website is an important source of information for current and prospective students. These tips will help you create a website that welcomes diverse students and effectively promotes computing and your department.

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EngageCSEdu Poster 2016 (11"x17")

Related resource:
  • EngageCSEdu: Foster diversity in your introductory computer science courses with quality content and engaging pedagogy.
By the Numbers

By the Numbers

NCWIT's Women in IT: By the Numbers presents the most compelling statistics on women's participation in IT on a single page.

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Critical Listening Guide: Just Because You Always Hear It, Doesn't Mean It's True

Use this guide to help identify common misunderstandings that surface when people talk about how to increase the participation of women.  Learn to spot "red flags" that indicate a particular discussion is headed in a direction that may not be research-based or effective.

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Strategic Planning for Recruiting Women into Undergraduate Computing: High Yield in the Short Term

Strategic Planning for Recruiting Women into Undergraduate Computing: High Yield in the Short Term (2015 update)

This workbook includes examples, guidance, and templates for developing a strategic recruitment plan to increase participation of females in undergraduate computing. Visit the Extension Services webpage for more information.

How Can You Re-Engineer Your Undergraduate Program to Increase Women's Representation in Computing? Small Steps Toward Systemic Change (Case Study 1)

How Can You Re-Engineer Your Undergraduate Program to Increase Women’s Representation in Computing?

The socio-educational system a student experiences shapes participation in the major. Altering one element of that system is often not enough to create enduring change. When faculty members are ready to implement organizational innovation, success is more likely if they receive support from institutional leaders, have access to adequate resources, and are able to participate in decision-making about the change.

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Booming Enrollments – What is the Impact?

We are in the throes of another undergraduate enrollment surge. The number of new CS/CE majors in bachelor’s programs at Taulbee departments this year has reached the peak levels seen at the end of the dot-com era. While this is better news than the opposite (declining enrollments), it is critical that the field take into account how policies and efforts to manage the enrollment surge will affect groups that are under-represented in computing. The Taulbee Survey shows a three-year increase of approximately 61 percent in undergraduate enrollment at U.S.

Survey-in-a-Box

Survey-in-a-Box: Student Experience of the Major

Use the Survey-in-a-Box: Student Experience of the Major (SEM) to identify strengths and areas for improving your department’s efforts to retain students. The Survey-in-a-Box contains a full survey, with specific modules that can be used together or independently; an instruction manual; guidelines for getting human research approval when needed; information on how to administer paper and online versions of the survey; suggestions for action based on survey results; and much more.

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What are the Important Components of Targeted Recruiting?

Targeted recruiting means planning strategically: set quantifiable goals; identify large, capable audiences; personalize the content of your message; deliver that message in media that are relevant to your audience; and pay attention to people who influence your audience’s decision-making.

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What Makes Electronic Mentoring Effective?

By removing time and location constraints, e-mentoring allows women to connect with many more women than face-to-face mentoring permits. It can also promote more open mentor-protégé communication by limiting status differences.

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NCWIT Resources for Community Colleges

The NCWIT Academic Alliance Community College Outreach Team has selected the resources below as particularly relevant to the community college context.

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