NCWIT Tracking Tool
Published on 07/02/2021
The NCWIT Tracking Tool is an online evaluation tool to help academic departments evaluate efforts for recruiting and retaining undergraduate students, by collecting and charting enrollments (i.e., applicants, acceptances, new enrollments, declared majors) and outcome data (i.e., attrition, retention, completions) by major. Data collected is confidential and can be viewed in identifiable form only by the individual user. The Tracking Tool is only appropriate for 4-year colleges now, but will be expanding to 2-year colleges in the future.
NCWIT requests that all Academic Alliance (AA) member organizations provide enrollment data from at least your first year of NCWIT membership to the current year. NCWIT requests that all Extension Services (ES) client organizations and Pacesetters members provide a minimum of four years of complete data (the current year and three previous years). NCWIT will ask you to update your data each academic year. However, you are welcome to return to the Tracking Tool at any time to update your data.
For questions using the Tracking Tool, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to Get Started:
- The User Guide includes information on how to use the Tracking Tool.
- Information for AA Members describes what is needed from AA members and the benefits of using the Tracking Tool.
- Information for ES Clients and Pacesetters describes the requirements for all ES Clients and Pacesetters Members (past and current) and the benefits of using the Tracking Tool.
- The NCWIT AA Tracking Tool Data Form Template will help you organize your data for entry as an AA member.
- The NCWIT ES and Pacesetters Tracking Tool Data Form Template will help you organize your data for entry as a past and current ES client or Pacesetters member.
Didn’t my school already provide some of this data to NCWIT?
Possibly. Over 200 different Academic Alliance schools have entered data. Your institution may have already provided data that you can begin working with. Each time you log into the Tracking Tool you will see any data your organization has previously provided. To save time and effort, we suggest that you log into the Tracking Tool before compiling your data in order to get a better sense of which data are still needed.
Why should I enter data?
NCWIT gets to help you: Your organization can use the tracking tool to visualize your undergraduate recruiting and retention data. Even better is that you can compare your computing majors to comparison data from 1) the overall average of Extension Services clients; 2) the overall average of Academic Alliance members; and 3) national data sources such as IPEDS and Taulbee. You can log in at any time to export these charts for grant proposals or other university work. See your data visualized in a dynamically-created longitudinal trend chart!
You get to help NCWIT: Did you know that there is no national data source that reports on enrollments in computing by gender? With such a gap, NCWIT decided to create a tool that could help chart national progress in women’s computing enrollments and other important measures of recruitment and retention. By inputting your data into the Tracking Tool, we at NCWIT will be able to measure progress towards our goal of improving female participation in computing majors. And you help NCWIT understand and develop solutions to a national social problem!
The NCWIT Tracking Tool is generously funded by grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF, HRD-1203148/1203198/1203174/1203179).