Twelve Tips for Creating a Culture that Supports All Students in Computing
growing enrollments with a consideration
of the implications for the diversity of their
student body have higher percentages
of female students and students of color.
Positive interaction with faculty is one of
the most promising strategies for retaining
students [ 3]. You can find more tips for
reducing bias and encouraging students to
seek help on [ 19].
This article is part of a four-part series
planned by the ACM Retention Committee,
which was founded in November 2016
by co-chairs Alison Derbenwick Miller
(Oracle) and Chris Stephenson (Google).
The committee seeks to better understand
“the current issue of retention in 4-year,
post-secondary CS education programs.”
In this work, the committee builds upon
decades of research from a variety of fields
that is relevant to understanding and addressing current retention issues. The initial
work of the committee includes synthesizing and disseminating recommendations
from this research within four articles for
1. Also in this issue: Henry Walker,
Retention of Students in Introductory
Computing Courses: Curricular Issues
and Approaches (p. 14)
2. This article: cultural factors that may
lead to student attrition.
3. To appear in 2018: other student-re-lated factors impacting students and
retention within computing majors.
4. To appear in 2018: a wrap-up of the
committee’s discussions, analyses, and
suggestions following its first full year
of deliberations as well as a discussion
of how these issues might vary for
minority serving institutions.
This article benefited greatly from feedback from members
of the ACM Retention Committee (Christine Alvarado,
Lecia Barker, Valerie Barr, Tracy Camp, Erin Mindell Cannon,
Carol Frieze, Lee Limbird, Alison Derbenwick Miller, Debra
Richardson, Mehran Sahami, Chris Stephenson, Elsa
Villa, Henry Walker, and Stuart Zweben) and from Kevin
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