College of Computing Looks to Increase Enrollment of Female Computing Majors

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ATLANTA - Oct. 25, 2011 - The College of Computing today announced a direct effort leveraging the strength of graduate programs and relationships with a number of undergraduate institutions to increase the number of women in computing.

The College will establish a dual degree pipeline in computing by extending partnerships with two-year colleges, some of which are increasingly sending transfer students to Georgia Tech. The College will also pursue dual degree students on the undergraduate level with institutions that do not offer undergraduate computer science degrees.

The efforts are part of the College of Computing’s participation in NCWIT Pacesetters, a fast-track program from the National Center for Women & Information Technology in which universities and corporations commit to increasing their numbers of women in technology. Pacesetters organizations work to recruit and retain female technical employees by identifying untapped talent pools, resulting in a “net new” number of women in the IT workforce.

The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that more than 1.4 million computing-related jobs will be available in the U.S. workforce by 2018; yet by current trends American colleges and universities will produce less than one-third of the trained graduates needed to fill these jobs. Increasing the participation of women, who currently represent half the professional workforce but hold only 25 percent of technology jobs, holds the potential to increase both the quantity and quality of U.S. technical talent.

The current cohort of NCWIT Pacesetters organizations includes Apple, Inc.; AT&T Corporation; ATLAS Institute; Bank of America; Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Cal Poly San Luis Obispo; Carnegie Mellon University; Georgia Institute of Technology; Google, Inc.; IBM Corporation; Indiana University; Intel Corporation; Microsoft Corporation; Pfizer Inc.; Qualcomm, Inc.; Santa Clara University; University of California Irvine; University of California Santa Cruz; University Of Colorado At Boulder; University of Texas at Austin; University of Virginia; University of Washington; Villanova; and Virginia Tech.


About the Georgia Tech College of Computing

The Georgia Tech College of Computing is a national leader in the creation of real-world computing breakthroughs that drive social and scientific progress. With its graduate program ranked 10th nationally by U.S. News and World Report, the College’s unconventional approach to education is defining the new face of computing by expanding the horizons of traditional computer science students through interdisciplinary collaboration and a focus on human centered solutions. For more information about the Georgia Tech College of Computing, its academic divisions and research centers, please visit


The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) is a non-profit coalition of more than 300 prominent corporations, academic institutions, government agencies, and non-profits working to increase women’s participation in IT and computing. NCWIT helps organizations recruit, retain and advance women from K-12 and higher education through industry and entrepreneurial careers. NCWIT also provides statistics, research, best practices and a national voice for the increased participation of girls and women in IT and computing. Find out more at


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  • Created By:Mike Terrazas
  • Created:10/25/2011
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