A Qualitative Analysis of the Underrepresentation of Women in the College of Information Sciences and Technology
Information Technology is one of the fastest growing fields in the country, which means that the demand for college graduates with related degrees is on the rise. With so many job opportunities at present and on the horizon, why is it that the gender gap in technology persists so strongly in universities across the country? This paper aims to gain a better understanding of the factors that affect the underrepresentation of women enrolled in Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology’s undergraduate programs, and what insights these observations can provide in terms of creating effective initiatives to balance the gender demographic in the future. To do this, the paper discusses prior research and literature on the underrepresentation of women in information technology, and uses these factors to assist in the analysis of themes observed in interviews conducted with women enrolled in the college.
|A Qualitative Analysis of the Underrepresentation of Women in the College of Information Sciences and Technology
|Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 United States
|April 19, 2016
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