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Recruitment, support necessary to boost women in STEM majors

from Education Dive

When Anita Vila-Parrish was an undergraduate student at North Carolina State University 15 years ago, there were no women faculty in the industrial and systems engineering department. Now there are three, and it feels like a victory in the 20-member department. Vila-Parrish has been the director of undergraduate programs in the ISE department since 2010, during which time she has overseen much more dramatic growth among female undergraduate students declaring the major. Back in 2010, about 25 percent of the students in the department were women. This semester, it's almost exactly half. more


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