Engineering Documents

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Conference Paper

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July 2008


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This paper describes a study of undergraduate women's retention in the first-year of the computer science major at the University of Pennsylvania for the purpose of identifying the underlying issues responsible for attrition. The subsequent steps taken by the faculty to improve women's retention is also discussed.


attrition, curriculum, gender issues, persistence, computer science education



Date Posted: 06 August 2008