University of Washington

To assess improvements resulting from and analyzing data collected by the Project to Assess Climate in Engineering (PACE)

  • Amount $671,781
  • City Seattle, WA
  • Investigator Suzanne Brainard
  • Year 2011
  • Program Higher Education
  • Sub-program Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in STEM Higher Education

In October 2006, the Foundation approved a five-year grant to the University of Washington to enable Suzanne Brainard and her colleagues to assess the climate for women and underrepresented minority undergraduates in engineering schools across the country. Twenty-one engineering schools fully participated in the climate assessment-the Project to Assess Climate in Engineering (PACE)- 16 at public universities and 5 at private universities, accounting for 18 percent of the full-time engineering enrollments nationwide. Of these, 15 created and implemented action plans to make improvements based on the recommendations of the study. Funds from this grant will support the continuation PACE for three purposes: 1. Resurvey students in the 21 schools, compare the new responses to the pre-intervention responses, and analyze the results in light of the particular interventions made by each school. 2. Conduct focus groups involving approximately 40 students on each campus that administers the resurvey. 3. Code and analyze rich transcripts of student interviews that were conducted during the PACE project.

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