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Minority-Serving Institutions

Minority-serving institutions, or MSIs, are an important part of higher education in the United States, graduating thousands of students who have historically been marginalized in our society. MSIs include Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), and Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs). MSIs are predominately located in the western, southern, and eastern areas…

Degree Attainment

Fewer engineering and computer/information sciences bachelor’s degrees are awarded to women as compared to men. Overall, interest in these fields has grown, with more than 220,000 bachelor’s degrees in engineering and computer/ information sciences awarded in the 2017-2018 academic year. Although in the past the percentage of females earning degrees has…

50K Coalition

The 50K Coalition is a sustained and structured collaboration of associations, colleges, universities, agencies, corporations, and foundations working to increase the number of diverse engineering graduates to 50,000 per year by 2025.

Tenure/Tenure-Track Faculty Levels

Female tenure/tenure-track faculty are not as well-represented at the highest levels of tenure when compared to their male counterparts.

Diversifying STEM: Student Success and Community College Transfer in Engineering and Computer Science

Community college students are often excluded from conversations surrounding broadening participation in STEM, particularly in the fields of engineering and computer science (ECS). The Society of Women Engineers conducted a phased research study of ECS transfer students to understand the success of women and minority students on this pathway towards a baccalaureate degree.

COVID-19 Research

In June 2020, SWE surveyed its members to understand how the COVID-19 pandemic was impacting their college and career plans. Most survey respondents were U.S.-based. In October 2020, a second survey was sent to SWE members in India to determine how the pandemic was affecting women engineers and engineering students in that country. Read about…