Official enrollment statistics as of the fifth week of the fall term, annual reports for the prior 10 years. For example, in a slice across classes in MIT’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) in 2006, the nodes appear as light and darker teal, indicating enrollments of less than 25 percent women. In part, this change is a reflection of the steady increase in total female EECS majors, particularly over the past six years. “The map, of course, cannot reveal specific causes of changes in gender diversity, but it does provide a place to begin a conversation,” says researcher Luwen Huang, who is an expert in visualization design. The big reveal is heartening: Over the past 20 years, MIT’s female undergraduate population has risen to nearly 50 percent of total enrollment and such growth has been sustained across almost every department and school. “That’s not because there are more women in those fields, but likely because women might lack the preparation and/or the self-confidence to skip introductory classes.”. It’s a useful model for us to consider as we are improving gender equity across the school.”. ), Massachusetts Institute of Technology 77 Massachusetts Avenue One of the unique features of our tool is that it provides insight at the subject level, going deeper beyond aggregate statistics at the major level. At Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 36.3% of students are in the age 18 to 21 bracket, compared to the national average of 60%. Counts the number of undergraduate primary and secondary majors per course. Further, having a visual map of gender diversity across MIT, they say, is literally eye opening. However, since the analysis is conducted at the class level, this change is also a reflection of more women from other majors taking computer science classes. The Sample, Simulate, Update cognitive model developed by MIT researchers learns to use tools like humans do. International enrollment by course and class year as of the fifth week of the fall term, annual reports for the prior 10 years. The map appears as a series of discipline-based ball-and-stick clusters, with each node representing a class. Professor of aeronautics and astronautics Karen Willcox, researcher Luwen Huang, and graduate student Elizabeth Qian devised an interactive map to show these aggregate trends, and much more. Other majors at Etown have moderately skewed gender ratios. Massachusetts Institute of Technology77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA, USA, Michael MIT is among nine universities selected as part of a program sponsored by the DoE to support science-based modeling and simulation and exascale computing technologies. (Primary majors are counted in Degrees Awarded. “It is gratifying to see the change in composition of our EECS student body,” says Anantha Chandrakasan, former department head of EECS and now dean of the School of Engineering. The color of a node, ranging from teal (fewer women enrolled) to salmon (more women in enrolled), represents the percentage of women in a particular class, and helps to illustrate how diversity has changed over time. We hope that this will be a basis for data-driven decisions — for example, by understanding what about a particular subject’s pedagogy makes it appeal to a more diverse audience.”. “While it is true that we have had a dramatic increase in [computer science and engineering] majors, female enrollment has nearly tripled in the past five years. Undergraduate second majors awarded starting 2015-2016. The tool, using data from the MIT Registrar’s Office, allows users to explore gender diversity on a class-by-class and department-level basis, to see links between classes, such as prerequisite requirements, and to conduct keyword searches to reveal variations in related subjects across MIT. The results of an internal study announced in June, suggested that the department's ongoing proactive approach — revamping the curriculum, enhancing recruitment efforts — played a part in their success. Students pursuing a second major as of the fifth week of the fall term, annual reports for the prior 10 years. Willcox again highlights the efforts made by another leader, Mary Boyce, the first woman to head that department from 2008 to 2013 and now dean of engineering at Columbia University. Female students by course and class year as of the fifth week of the fall term, annual reports for the prior 10 years. Fabric samples are headed to the International Space Station for resiliency testing; possible applications include cosmic dust detectors or spacesuit smart skins. High school students from across the country competed in an all-day online competition. Data visualization map explores two decades of enrollment trends among female students at the Institute. The big reveal is heartening: Over the past 20 years, MIT’s female undergraduate population has risen to nearly 50 percent of total enrollment and such growth has been sustained across almost every department and school. 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