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Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering
SJR: 0.468 SNIP: 0.671 CiteScore™: 1.65

ISSN Druckformat: 1072-8325
ISSN Online: 1940-431X

Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering

DOI: 10.1615/JWomenMinorScienEng.2017019873
pages 323-337

GENDER DIVERSITY AND THE RANKINGS OF STEM DEPARTMENTS IN RESEARCH UNIVERSITIES: DOES GENDER COMPOSITION MATTER?

Loren Henderson
Department of Sociology, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Cedric Herring
Language, Literacy and Culture Doctoral Program, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Sheila Prados
Language, Literacy and Culture Doctoral Program, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Baltimore, Maryland, USA

ABSTRAKT

Using data from the 2011 National Academy of Sciences (NAS) rankings of U.S. research universities, this paper examines whether gender diversity is related to the rankings of academic programs in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines at research universities. The NAS data set consists of several indicators relating to research productivity, student support and outcomes, and program diversity from nearly 4,000 STEM doctoral programs at U.S. research universities. The results show that, for the net of factors such as publication rates, grants, scholarly awards, program size, region, and whether the institution is public or private, gender diversity among faculty at research universities is positively associated with departmental rankings in STEM disciplines. The paper discusses the implications of these findings for diversity in higher education.