Women and Minorities in Engineering

Improved Retention of Women and Minorities at Texas A&M

The graph above depicts first-year retention in engineering during the academic years 1994-95 and 1998-99. First-year retention is measured as the percentage of students who started their first-year curriculum and returned for the following year in engineering. The graph shows substantial increases in retention from 1994 to 1998 for the following groups: white females, African-American females, and Hispanic females. It also shows substantial decreases in retention for the following groups: African-American males and Hispanic males. Based on this first-year retention data, it is currently concluded that inclusive learning communities are having a positive impact on the retention of women in engineering.

FC Resources
Whether you're just getting started or looking for some additional ideas, the Foundation Coalition would like to help you increase the diversity of your engineering student body - through workshops, web sites, lesson plans, and reading materials. FC partner institutions have produced both written and electronic materials that address the issue of women and minorities in engineering education. Visit our web site at http://www.foundationcoalition.org/home/keycomponents/wmie/ for online access to contact information and materials, or contact: Jeffrey Froyd or 979-845-7574.

Other organizations that can provide assistance include:
American Indian Science & Engineering Society
National Society of Black Engineers
Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
Society of Women Engineers
Women in Engineering Program Advocates Network