Academic Alliance

The NCWIT Academic Alliance brings together more than 1,500 distinguished representatives from academic computing programs at more than 450 colleges and universities across the country, spanning research universities, community colleges, women's colleges, and minority-serving institutions. Charged with implementing institutional change in higher education, the Academic Alliance provides feedback on NCWIT programs, contributes and adopts effective practices, and serves as a national agent of change.  Membership in the AA is free for participating academic institutions. 

See the full list of members here and a dynamic map of where members are located here. To join us as a new academic alliance institution complete the free registration form here.

Academic Alliance member benefits include:

  • Access to leading-edge effective practices for recruiting and retaining women
  • Free registration at NCWIT's annual Summit
  • Opportunities to attend workshops and compare practices with other institutions
  • Ability to apply for funding opportunities
  • Listed on NCWIT's Academic Alliance dynamic map and webpages
  • Participation in NCWIT marketing and branding campaigns
  • Publicize your opportunities via NCWIT Social Media by sending your post here
  • Your students are eligible to join the Aspirations in Computing community and apply for student opportunities
  • Apply for free consultative programs such as Pacesetters and Extension Services
  • NCWIT will automatically share any of your technical jobs posted on Indeed on NCWIT's Jobs with Members page
  • Use of member tools to track goals and enrollment data (see ACT and Tracking Tool details below)

For more information concerning membership look at what our members are doing, view the AA bylaws and Membership Agreement, fill out this form, or contact the AA program director, Kim Kalahar, or one of the AA Co-Chairs:

The Academic Alliance also supports two other Projects within NCWIT: NCWIT Extension Services for Undergraduate Programs and NCWIT Pacesetters. NCWIT Extension Services (ES) provides customized consultation services to members of the NCWIT Academic Alliance (AA) for implementing systemic change in their undergraduate programs (UP) in ways that increase enrollment, retention, and graduation of women, while NCWIT Pacesetters is a fast-track program in which senior executives from startups, corporations, universities, and government commit to increasing their numbers of technical women. Please use the links above to learn more about how you can become involved with these great projects.

Download the AA Information Sheet

Member Tools

Use the NCWIT Activity and Change Tracker (ACT) to track your activities — a collaborative, online tool for NCWIT Alliance Members to share their broadening participation in computing efforts with all supporters and followers of NCWIT.

ACT Tracker

(NEW!) The NCWIT Tracking Tool is now open for Academic Alliance members. This online evaluation tool helps academic departments evaluate efforts for recruiting and retaining students, by collecting and charting enrollment and outcome data (i.e., attrition, retention, completions) by major.

Tracking Tool


Alliance Leadership

Andrew B. Williams

AA Advisory Board
Marquette University

Patricia Morreale

AA Advisory Board
Kean University

J Strother Moore

AA Advisory Board
University of Texas - Austin

Charlie McDowell

AA Advisory Board
University of California - Santa Cruz

Carla Ellis

AA Advisory Board
Duke University

Margaret Burnett

AA Advisory Board
Oregon State University

Nancy Amato

AA Advisory Board
Texas A&M University - College Station

Christine Alvarado

AA Advisory Board
University of California - San Diego

Maureen Doyle

AA Co-chair
Northern Kentucky University

Maureen Biggers

AA Co-chair
Indiana University

Kim Kalahar

AA Program Director

Debra Richardson

AA Advisory Board
University of California - Irvine

Charlie McDowell

AA Advisory Board
University of California - Santa Cruz

Bob Beck

AA Co-chair
Villanova University

Mark Guzdial

AA Advisory Board
Georgia Institute of Technology