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Project Summary

TUES is an ongoing project with the goal of increasing confidence in and retention of computing majors at UMBC, especially women and other underrepresented groups. During the course of the project, student data is being collected to determine the impact of the course towards these goals.

TUES is being led by Penny Rheingans and coPIs, Marie desJardins, Susan Martin, and Carolyn Seaman at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), with support from UMBC’s Center for Women in Technology (CWIT), and is sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF)’s Transforming Undergraduate Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (TUES) program (NSF award #1140589).


Since long-term retention, completion, and success cannot be fully evaluated for these students until their graduation, which is beyond the horizon of the proposed project, we have devised a number of early indicators and proxies for these outcomes. The learning goals that this plan will evaluate directly are to:

  1. Increase understanding of the discipline, in terms of different majors and careers.
  2. Clarify students’ personal interests and motivations about their choice of major and career.
  3. Increase confidence, self-efficacy, and community.
  4. Expose students to, and allow them to practice, key design and development skills.
  5. Strengthen writing, presentation, and teaming skills.
  6. Teach skills in problem solving, algorithmic analysis, and computational thinking.
  7. Help students learn how to study effectively and how to access campus academic resources.