Extension Services (ES)

In 2017–2018, only 19 percent of all computer and information sciences undergraduate degree recipients were women. We can do better. Institutions of higher learning know that diversity and inclusion are instrumental in helping all students realize their full potential. NCWIT Extension Services (ES) can help computing faculties make lasting transformations that bring new voices to the table and change what’s possible.

Who we are

Using research-based tools, processes, and best practices, the ES approach develops a strategic foundation for increasing women’s participation in undergraduate and graduate computing programs. Our resources help academic change agents build consensus and action from the inside out, creating momentum for measurable, sustainable change.

Getting involved

Sustainable change happens when educational systems are revised to fit people, rather than changing people to fit systems that are often biased. Organizational change is by necessity customized, with resources keyed to specific departments and institutions, helping computing faculty strategically reimagine recruitment, retention, and evaluation. Increasing course participation and graduation rates is just part of the story. We help faculty change leaders make lasting, systematic change by securing strategic buy-in and participation from colleagues, department chairs, student affairs, and students themselves. Diversity and inclusion become central to departmental culture, not merely an add-on.

  • This interactive diagram of NCWIT’s strategic recruitment and retention approach helps faculty members design their own plan.
  • This FAQ page describes NCWIT’s collaborative evaluation tools that help faculty determine how to use scarce resources.
  • Computing faculty can use the NCWIT Tracking Tool to connect to Academic Alliance members. This online evaluation tool helps academic departments evaluate student recruitment and retention efforts, collecting and charting enrollment and outcome data by major.
  • Download the ES information sheet

Real people, real results

ES is generously supported by the National Science Foundation (Awards HRD-1203148/1203198/1203174/1203179).


Get To Know Us: 

Lecia Barker

Senior Research Scientist

Leisa Thompson

Director of Research and Consulting

Susan Metz

Principal Investigator of Engage: Engaging Students in Engineering
Stevens Institute of Technology

Sherri L. Sanders

Extension Services Program Director

Gretchen Achenbach

Research Scientist
University of Virginia

Zhen Wu

Research Associate

Jamie Huber Ward

Extension Services Associate Director

Hannah Weber

Assistant to the Extension Services Director