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Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering
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ISSN Print: 1072-8325
ISSN Online: 1940-431X

Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering

DOI: 10.1615/JWomenMinorScienEng.v15.i3.40
pages 245-261

METRICS FOR MEASURING BROADENING PARTICIPATION IN NSF PROGRAMS

Norman L. Fortenberry
Center for the Advancement of Scholarship on Engineering Education, National Academy of Engineering, USA
Elizabeth T. Cady
Center for the Advancement of Scholarship on Engineering Education, National Academy of Engineering, USA
Fitzgerald Bramwell
University of Kentucky, USA
Beatriz Chu Clewell
Education Policy Center, The Urban Institute, USA
Vicki Flaris
Bronx Community College, City University of New York, USA
Eric Jolly
Science Museum of Minnesota, USA
Dianne Martin
George Washington University, Zayed University, USA
Heather Macdonald
College of William & Mary, USA
Muriel Poston
Skidmore College, USA
Armando Rodriguez
Arizona State University, USA
Roberta Spalter-Roth
American Sociological Association, USA

ABSTRACT

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has long encouraged its grantees to consider individual and institutional diversity in their activities, specifically through the Broader Impacts merit review criterion. A group representative of the NSF grantee community participated in a workshop to develop metrics by which grantee institutions and individual principal investigators could document their efforts to broaden participation in science and engineering by persons drawn from populations underrepresented in these fields, as well as from institutions that underparticipate in NSF grantee programs. The group proposed that the NSF require its grantee institutions to submit annually and for public display (1) their most recent affirmative action plans, including equal employment opportunity information and utilization reports; and (2) indication of specific collaborations with nonresearch institutions in NSF programs. Deliberations and recommendations of the working group are presented in this article.


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