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Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering
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ISSN Imprimir: 1072-8325
ISSN On-line: 1940-431X

Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering

DOI: 10.1615/JWomenMinorScienEng.v4.i1.20
pages 15-25

COMPUTER SCIENCE PROGRAMS IN ENGINEERING COLLEGES = FEWER FEMALES

Tracy Camp
The University of Alabama, Department of Computer Science, Box 870290, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0290

RESUMO

Recently, the Department of Computer Science (CS) at the University of Alabama formed stronger ties with the College of Engineering and weaker ties with the College of Arts and Sciences. Due to this change in alignment, CS faculty began encouraging CS majors to switch from the College of Arts and Sciences to the College of Engineering. At the same time, there was a large decrease in the percentage of females in the CS program. This paper illustrates that the decrease in the percentage of females in the CS program at the University of Alabama is not an anomaly. The statistics of degrees earned by females from CS departments across the nation, comparing CS departments in engineering colleges and in nonengineering colleges, are analyzed. The results indicate that CS programs in engineering colleges will have fewer females graduate than CS programs in other colleges. We follow the statistics with a discussion of why females are hesitant to enter CS programs in engineering colleges and we consider what changes are necessary to reverse this trend.


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