Maureen Biggers

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Students who develop a strong interest in another field can hardly be fair target for retention efforts. There are others, however, who might do very well in this field but who leave computer science because of misunderstandings about and a negative experience in this academic major. Retention literature suggests and provides numerous examples of(More)
Computing education suffers from low enrollment and a lack of diversity. Both of these problems require changes across the entire computing education pipeline. The "Georgia Computes!" alliance, funded by the National Science Foundation's <i>Broadening Participation in Computing</i> program, seeks to improve the computing education pipeline in Georgia.(More)
This paper describes the implementation and evaluation of a program that uses <i>active recruiting</i> and <i>peer-led team learning</i> to try to increase the participation and success of women and minority students in undergraduate computer science. These strategies were applied at eight universities starting in the fall of 2004. There have been some(More)
The Institute for Computing Education (ICE) was created in the spring of 2004. ICE is a partnership between the Georgia Department of Education and the College of Computing at Georgia Tech. The goals for this partnership are to increase the number and quality of computer science teachers and increase the number, quality, and diversity of computer science(More)
It is common knowledge that enrollments in computer science have plummeted and educators are challenged to find ways to engage and promote success and retention of students while maintaining standards in introductory computer science courses. This study focuses on the implementation of a collaborative, modified peer-led team learning (PLTL) instructional(More)
This paper describes our workshop for the ACM Southeast Conference to address methods for building diversity in computing, toward encouraging undergraduates to attend graduate school and to go on to faculty and research positions. This 1.5 hour workshop will highlight the basics on connecting to research, with particular lessons for students from(More)
While many computing departments may be aware there are "promising" and "proven" practices for recruiting and retaining female students, there seems to be a drive to try new and novel approaches rather than use what is known, or strongly suspected, to be effective. Developing a diverse student body is a long-term multi-faceted process that includes active(More)
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