Diversifying STEM: Student Success and Community College Transfer in Engineering and Computer Science

Community college students are often excluded from conversations surrounding broadening participation in STEM, particularly in the fields of engineering and computer science (ECS). The Society of Women Engineers is conducting a phased research study of ECS transfer students to understand the success of women and minority students on this pathway towards a baccalaureate degree. The findings suggest that greater attention to this pathway could make a significant impact on our ability to diversify the engineering profession.

Phase II: Diversifying STEM: Increasing Women’s Persistence on the Transfer Pathway in Engineering and Computer Science. The second phase of this research involved a mixed methods study (survey + interviews) to understand the challenges and barriers women in community college face when pursuing an ECS degree.

Phase I: Diversifying STEM: Student Success and Community College Transfer in Engineering and Computer Science in Texas. The first phase of this research entailed a quantitative analysis of 10 years of education data to understand the success rates of women on the transfer pathway in ECS.

In this podcast (Episode 30), Dr. Roberta Rincon, SWE’s Research Manager, talks about a new report on community college transfer students with FY18 SWE President Jonna Gerken.

  • Download the full report
  • Read the paper presented at the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) CoNECD conference in April 2018.
  • Read the paper presented at the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) conference in June 2018.