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Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering
SJR: 0.468 SNIP: 0.671 CiteScore™: 1.65

ISSN Imprimer: 1072-8325
ISSN En ligne: 1940-431X

Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering

DOI: 10.1615/JWomenMinorScienEng.v7.i2.30
18 pages

PROGRAMMATIC EFFORTS AFFECT RETENTION OF WOMEN IN SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING

Russel S. Hathaway
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Sally Sharp
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Cinda-Sue Davis
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

RÉSUMÉ

This article presents findings from a study that investigated the impact of a women in science and engineering residence program (WISE-RP) on the retention of women in science and engineering disciplines. From a matched sample of 1,852 science and engineering students, the authors compared WISE-RP participants with male and female control students for science and engineering retention. The findings suggest a strong connection between WISE-KP participation and science retention, but not engineering retention. The results also indicate that a WISE-RP is more effective in retaining White and Asian students than underrepresented students of color. The authors highlight the importance of combining academic and personal support in a residential learning program and draw implications for retaining women т science, mathematics, and engineering disciplines.