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.
AP CS PRINCIPLES
Working with our colleagues at the University of Oregon, the Momentum team has conducted research on the characteristics of students who take AP CS Principles and whether taking that course (versus the traditional AP CS “A” course) predicts longer-term interest in computing majors or careers. Findings show that although the “Principles” course enrolls a more diverse group of students, the course is less likely than the traditional course to predict students’ aspirations for majors or careers in computing and technology.