Re: News Update: Gender Gap In Computer Science (fwd)

Tue, 11 Aug 1998 09:20:10 -0400

Here is one response to my question about Computer Science enrollment.
Thank you Catherine.
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Date: Mon, 10 Aug 1998 14:53:47 -0400 (EDT)
From: Catherine Dawson <>
To: Joy Wallace <>
Subject: Re: News Update: Gender Gap In Computer Science (fwd)

Check out the appendix to the NSF Women, Minorities and Persons with
Disabilities in Science and Engineering in 1996. They occasionally break
it down very specifically --

By percentage, between 1984 and 1994, the # of first-year college students
indicating an interest in a CS degree decreased. (App. table 3-11) I
believe that's both as a percent of overall college majors as well as
percent of SME majors. They don't give the related exact numbers, so I
don't know what the change in overall enrollment was.

>From my memory of when I did this type of work in higher ed, the number of
women entering decreased, not simply the number graduating. The table
3-26 says that between 1983 and 1993 the overall number of CS grads
(bachelors) remained about the same, while the percentage of women
graduates dropped 8%.

Hope that answers part of the question...

Catherine B. Dawson
Manager of School Partnerships and Professional Development
New England Science Center

Address: 222 Harrington Way, Worcester, MA 01604
Phone: (508) 929-2732
FAX: (508) 929-2701

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