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.

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Work Title A Qualitative Analysis of the Underrepresentation of Women in the College of Information Sciences and Technology
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Creators
  1. Slotter, Skylar Marie
Keyword
  1. Gender Gap
  2. Women
  3. IST
  4. Information Sciences and Technology
  5. Women in Technology
License Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 United States
Work Type Thesis
Subject
  1. Gender Gap
  2. Information science
  3. Technology
  4. Women in technology
Deposited April 19, 2016

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