Monday, July 16, 2007

Women in engineering: Data for RPI

... When move-in day rolls around next month, 405 of the freshmen, or 31 percent, will be women. That's up from 259 in 2004 and part of a 54 percent increase in females over the last five years.

From this story on admissions this year at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The story is not just about the data, however:

In more recent years, RPI has attacked the gender imbalance like a tough engineering project.

It entices female teenagers interested in technical fields with on-campus programs, sponsors contests with girls schools, creates special female scholarships and helps women with mentoring programs once they get to RPI. Its admissions department markets to female high schoolers with women-centered "messaging" and dedicates an officer to female outreach.

Thanks to Inside HigherEd for the pointer.