Bryn Mawr President Writes About Closing the Gender Gap in STEM Employment in Inside Higher Ed

Posted August 18th, 2011 at 4:42 pm.

new_ihe_logo_url_900Spurred by a report by the U.S. Department of Commerce on the continued under-representation of women in STEM jobs, President Jane McAuliffe offers Bryn Mawr as a model in encouraging women to pursue degrees in science, technology, engineering and math in this Inside Higher Ed commentary.

From the article…

“Bryn Mawr College is in the top 10 among all colleges and universities in terms of the percentage of female graduates pursuing doctorates in the STEM fields. Our students are six times more likely to graduate with a degree in chemistry than college students nationwide and nine times more likely to do so in math. In fact, Bryn Mawr is second in the nation in the percentage of female students receiving degrees in math, beating out such science-oriented universities as the California Institute of Technology and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and has 18 times the national average of female students graduating in physics.

“How do we do it? A large chunk of the credit has to go to the college’s founders, who from the beginning (when Bryn Mawr was the first women’s institution to offer graduate education through the Ph.D.) offered women the chance to get an education that was the equal to the finest available to men of the era.

“But our current success comes from more than just a history of access. Every year, students come to Bryn Mawr unsure of what they want to study, and many end up choosing STEM fields.”

Read the rest of the article at www.insidehighered.com

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