NCWIT Learning Circles

In 2020, only 20 percent1 of all Computer and Information Sciences domestic bachelor’s degree recipients were women. While this figure has grown, we know that we can do better! NCWIT assists computing departments in making lasting transformations that bring new voices to the table and change what’s possible.

Join an NCWIT Higher Ed Learning Circle! NCWIT Learning Circles are small groups of individuals (one per institution) that meet online throughout an academic year with NCWIT staff, consultants, and invited speakers.  Concurrent with the  Learning Circle, participants work with their committed local team to plan and implement strategies for broadening participation in their undergraduate computing program.  

As a Learning Circle participant, you will receive: 

  • training and support for leading and implementing NCWIT’s Tech Inclusion JourneyTM with your local departmental team 
  • guidance on developing and implementing a strategic plan utilizing research-based approaches 
  • access to peers and experts to address recruitment and retention challenges
  • advice on analyzing your enrollment and graduation data 

A quote from a Learning Circle Participant reading: Our involvement with the learning circle was essential in bringing our department together to consider what activities would work best for us, then to develop a usable plan for increasing retention and recruitment of women and underrepresented students of color.

With this project you can connect with other like-minded individuals and departments  that are interested in recruiting and retaining a more diverse undergraduate student body. You will also receive training and support for implementing NCWIT’s Tech Inclusion JourneyTM, a unique, scalable software platform that empowers change agents to implement systemic, sustainable approaches to promote inclusivity in computing programs.

All Learning Circle participants will receive: 

  • training and support for leading and implementing NCWIT’s Tech Inclusion JourneyTM with local departmental teams 
  • guidance on developing and implementing a strategic plan utilizing research-based approaches 
  • access to peers and experts to address recruitment and retention challenges
  • advice on analyzing departmental enrollment and graduation data 

Different types of higher ed institutions are encouraged to apply, including minority serving institutions, liberal arts colleges, and research institutions.

Interested in participating? Complete this form and we will be in touch! Fall 2023 Learning Circle participants will be confirmed by late summer 2023. Apply by April Friday, April 14, 2023 to be considered for an early selection process.

1 Source: National Center for Educational Statistics Integrated Postsecondary Educational Data System, Classification of Instructional Program 11.07 and 11.01.

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