Momentum: Accelerating Equity in Computing and Technology
Eleven members of the Momentum research team smile and pose on a staircase in front of a brick wall

MOMENTUM

Our work at Momentum is inspired by the reality that, despite growing demand for a technologically-trained workforce and increasing popularity of tech majors and careers, women and people of color remain marginalized in tech fields, with many equity gaps actually becoming larger with time.

Momentum aims to accelerate equity in computing and technology through the generation of new knowledge about what works (and what does not) in diversifying the tech workforce, with a special focus on educational pathways.

Simply put, it is critical to achieve greater momentum.

Update on Collaboration with the Center for Inclusive Computing

Our team successfully administered the CIC Baseline survey at 16 participating research institutions this summer. The baseline survey resulted in a 25% response rate with over 9,000 responses. The Baseline Survey was designed to examine students' interactive learning experiences to improve student retention and success in computing fields, especially for women and other minoritized and marginalized students. Our next step is to analyze these data, disseminate interim findings from the baseline survey, and develop the follow-up survey instrument to be administered in spring of 2022.
For more information about CIC, click on the button below.

A photo of the Momentum team on Zoom. There are 18 members in this photo.

NEW FINDINGS!

The Momentum Team recently presented new research findings at several conferences, including SIGCSE, RESPECT, and AERA.

For example, one of our studies examined first-year college students who took Advanced Placement Computer Science A (APCSA), Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles (APCSP), or both APCS courses while in high school. The figure on the right suggests that students who took only AP CS Principles were more diverse than APCSA students in terms of gender, race, income, and first-generation status.

Click on the button below to explore these and other recent findings.

Slide graphic of findings from AP CS A and AP CS Principles study. Differences in Demographic Characteristics for students who took AP CS A, AP CS Principles, or both
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