The College of St. Scholastica is providing its professors with special training to retain and support women and students from underrepresented groups in computing and technology fields of study.
St. Scholastica is supported in the effort by a $10,000 grant from the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) and Microsoft Research. St. Scholastica is one of only five colleges and universities nationwide to win the award.
St. Scholastica's initiative is called "Promoting Female and Diverse Student Retention through Faculty Use of a Growth Mindset Approach."
"This project will provide professional development for our faculty, assisting them in instilling a growth mindset among students in the Computer Science/Computer Information Systems major and associated concentrations, as well as pre-engineering courses," said Jennifer Rosato, who leads the effort at St. Scholastica. She's an assistant professor of Computer Information Systems.
"New research shows how faculty can best encourage attitudes of persistence and growth in learning for female and diverse students - who are underrepresented groups in general in computer science and technology - and how these students can be successful in the classroom."
The faculty members will be trained this spring and summer, and the project will be implemented this fall. Results will be available next spring, Rosato said.
The National Center for Women & Information Technology is a non-profit community of more than 500 universities, companies, non-profits, and government organizations nationwide working to increase women's participation in computing and technology. Learn more at www.ncwit.org.
Microsoft Research, founded in 1991, is dedicated to conducting both basic and applied research in computer science and software engineering. More information can be found at research.microsoft.com.