"Personally, the WomenTech Gender Equity School Assessment has been a real eye opener for me. I look forward to seeing how we can take the results and improve our environment even more at Oregon Tech to achieve equity."
Associate Dean, College of Engineering, Technology and Management, Oregon Institute of Technology
"Most of us are open to being inclusive, fair to all minorities and helping everyone equally—thus unintentionally applying a 'one way fits all' approach. However, this Assessment opened my eyes to the need to systematically track and monitor the successes of each minority. I now realize each might require a different approach. The Assessment asked questions relevant to my electronics technology career pathway, so I didn’t have to answer generic questions. It proved that, for better results, we need to address minorities in a more targeted way. Thanks."
Professor, Electronics Engineering Technology, Centennial College
"The Gender Equity School Assessment only takes a little time and in return you get a lot of value. It raised some important points about our program I hadn’t thought of and reminded me of recruitment AND retention strategies we need to get back to doing. This was a great refresher for me. I plan to make changes and take the assessment again to see how much our program’s score improves."
Chair/Director, Midwest Photonics Education Center, Indian Hills Community College
The results are in for the WomenTech Gender Equity School Assessment...
93% of respondents have rated it as “Excellent” or “Very good”
80% have reported that it raised their awareness of factors that affect gender equity in STEM/CTE programs and helped them understand what their school could do to improve in this area
53% said that it significantly helped them see the gap between what their schools are doing and what they could be doing to broaden female participation in STEM/CTE
The National Institute for Women in Trades, Technology & Science (IWITTS) has been helping educators nationwide close the gender gap for women and girls in technology since 1994. IWITTS provides tools, resources, and professional development for educators to help them broaden female participation in STEM and CTE programs where they are underrepresented.
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) under Grant No. 1102996. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the NSF.