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CCASE Program

SWE's Community College Affiliate Support and Expansion (CCASE) Program aims to increase support for Community College Affiliates across the United States. By offering direct financial and membership incentives, we aim to facilitate professional development and outreach activities.

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…

Earnings Gap

IIn all engineering and computer occupations, women's median earnings are less than those of men. The size of the gap varies by discipline, with female mechanical engineers having the smallest earnings cap (95% of male median earnings) while women in other fields receive only...

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.

Degree Attainment

Fewer engineering and computer/information sciences bachelor’s degrees are awarded to women than men. Overall, interest in these fields has grown, with more than 245,000 bachelor’s degrees in engineering and computer/ information sciences awarded in the 2019-2020 academic year.

Job Outlook for Engineers

The job outlook for engineers continues to show a high demand for talent. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates a large need for engineers and computer-related employees over the next 10 years due to job growth and replacement of those leaving the workforce.


Over time, the U.S. has seen an increase in the number of women entering STEM occupations. While life science occupations, such as biology, have closed the gap between the percentage of men and women working in these fields,

Title IX and STEM

Title IX was enacted by Congress in 1972 as part of the Education Amendments, focused on ensuring that no one in the United States would be subjected to sex discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving any type of federal financial assistance. Though best known for its influence on sports participation and scholarships, it is equally applicable to STEM participation and research supported by federal funds.

Canada Faculty

For 12 years, from 2008 to 2020, the proportion of female Canadian faculty members has been below 20%, except for 2018 (20.8%). The percentage of full-time female-identifying faculty increased from 16.2% to 17.6%. In 2020, the highest proportion of...

Canada Graduate Degrees

Since 2016, the enrollment of female students pursuing a master’s degree in engineering has been increasing over the years. However, in 2020 the amount decreased by almost 9% from the previous year to 26.7%. The proportion of master’s degrees awarded in engineering to females in 2020 was 25.5%, similar...

Canada Undergraduate Degrees

The proportion of female to male students awarded undergraduate engineering degrees in Canada has been steadily increasing. In 2020, the total number of engineering degrees awarded totaled 18,185, with 22.8% of those degrees awarded to women. The total number...

Canada Undergraduate Enrollment

Over the years, Canadian undergraduate enrollment of female students pursuing engineering degrees has steadily increased and has remained above 20% for the fifth year. As undergraduate enrollment increases, there has also been an increase in female-identifying students in engineering undergraduate programs. In 2020...