Women and Computing

This is an interesting article talking about how some colleges and universities have changed recruitment efforts to get more women interesting in computer science.

Seeing that Carnegie Mellon has such a large amount of female freshmen starting in their computer science program doesn’t surprise me.  When I was looking at graduate schools, they seemed to be actively (and heavily) recruiting.  I can’t tell you how many brochures and emails I received about their computer science programs.

Then, at one point the article mentions “Harvey Mudd revised its recruiting brochures to show photos of women, and it hired women as campus tour guides.  ‘We made it very clear that being a female scientist, that’s normal,’ Maria Klawe, president of Harvey Mudd, said Tuesday at the Fortune Brainstorm Tech conference in Aspen, Colo.”

Call me crazy, but wouldn’t it be better if the tour guides were actual students in the computer science program?  It almost seems a little deceptive if the tour guides aren’t students in the program or students that are doing well in the program.

I can’t help but wonder what Auburn could do to see an increase in the number of women in our CSSE department.

Source:  Some Universities Crack Code in Drawing Women to Computer Science

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