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Arts and Humanities (CGU), Information Systems and Technology (CGU)

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Computer Sciences | Engineering | Women's Studies


Many reports and technical news bulletins presented by organizations such as the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), and the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) highlight that few female and minority college students are choosing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields of study or careers. For those who choose STEM fields, attrition both during education and in the workplace is pervasive. NSF reports in its 2006 Science Indicators that women account for only 27% of the bachelor’s degrees in computer sciences. And although the percentage of women occupied in science and engineering increased from 23% in 1993 to 27% in 2003, only 11% of the engineers are women. For computer science occupations in particular there was a 2% decline.

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