Increasing Diversity in the Face of Enrolment Booms in Computer Science – or Computer Science is Too Important to be Left to Men


This panel will share strategies interventions undertaken by three Higher Education institutions (UK, Austria, USA), that have focused on increasing their female and underrepresented student enrolment. Their efforts all include multi-pronged approaches, which is consistent with the social science research on how to create institutional reform in academic departments.  These institutions have made changes that reflect increased departmental engagement with recruitment and retention for diversity: a shift in individual faculty pedagogical strategies, introductory course restructuring, mentoring strategies, as well as more outreach and preparatory programs for incoming students. These departments have implemented existing evidence-based practices under multiple constraints, regulations, state and federal laws.