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Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering
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ISSN Print: 1072-8325
ISSN Online: 1940-431X

Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering

DOI: 10.1615/JWomenMinorScienEng.v8.i2.70
14 pages

AN ANALYSIS OF THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE ADMISSIONS POLICY FOR AN OUTREACH PROGRAM FOR GIRLS IN ENGINEERING

Denise Nicoletti
Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 100 Institute Road, Worcester, MA 01609

ABSTRACT

The goals of Camp REACH (Reinventing Engineering and Creating New Horizons) are to attract girls to engineering, increase their self-confidence and self-esteem, and educate their parents or guardians about engineering. In this article, the current acceptance process (essay and tottery) is examined to see if the program attracts and offers acceptance to girls who are likely to benefit from the program. The analysis shows that girls who submit higher quality essays are in many ways more likely to benefit. However, girls with poorer quality essays in some cases show significant benefit. The conclusion is that the acceptance process should not he made more competitive.


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