Utah State University
What the Issue is
In addition to recruitment, retention or persistence of women through graduation in Computer Science (CS) education has been one of the biggest challenges for the CS education field. Currently, women represent only about a quarter of the labor force (BLS, 2015) and earn only about 18% of the baccalaureate degrees (NSF, 2012) in CS. Attrition rates are highest in the first two years of CS programs (Biggers, Brauer, & Yilmaz, 2008; Miliszewska, Barker, Henderson, & Sztendur, 2006). At Utah State University, the situation is even more dire as women represent only about 10% of the CS undergraduates (personal communication, May 2017), which is almost half the national average.
Clarke-Midura, Jody and Pantic, Katarina, "2017-18 End of the Year Report" (2018). Faculty Research. Paper 9.