Excerpt from Chapter 4 – “A Class in Transition: The 2002 Case Study”

Kicking Butt in Computer Science: Women in Computing at Carnegie Mellon University by Carol Frieze, Ph.D. and Jeria Quesenberry, Ph.D.

Excerpt from Chapter 4 – “A Class in Transition: The 2002 Case Study”:
Changes in how our students were relating to CS were already being
observed by 2002 when we conducted interviews to examine the perspectives
of a class in “transition.” We called this group of seniors a class
in transition because this was the last class to have entered the program
before there was anything close to a critical mass of women. They
entered the program in 1998 when the entering class was on a par with
the low numbers of women entering CS programs nationally. The classes
ahead of them also had a low female to male ratio. However, the classes
following behind them from 1999 onwards, with the new admissions
criteria now in place, had good gender balance (the 1999 class entered
with 37% women).

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