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Office for the Advancement of Women in Science and Engineering

About KAWSE

The K-State Office for the Advancement of Women in Science and Engineering is a part of the Office of Student Success and works to increase the participation, retention and advancement of girls and women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. The office serves as home of the ADVANCE, SUCCEED, EXCITE! and GROW programs. These programs are open to all genders, and emphasize the exciting educational and professional opportunities available in the various STEM disciplines. 

 

GROW

Hands-on programs for 6th-8th graders, designed to inspire students to pursue a STEM career.

EXCITE

Programming for 9th-12th graders, encouraging students to experience college life and enter a STEM major.

SUCCEED

Professional development, employment, volunteer and networking programs for undergraduate and graduate students.

ADVANCE

Professional development programs for postdoctoral students and faculty in STEM fields.

2020 Assessment Reports

Executive Summary

KAWSE programs seek to provide inclusive events that address barriers to the recruitment, advancement, and retention of women in STEM fields. The 2019-2020 academic year assessment cycle focused on the number of professional development events held; the representation of STEM colleges; and the intersectional identities of SUCCEED participants. We generated quantitative data to evaluate each goal and our ability to meet each outcome. Our assessments were limited in scope because of budget and staffing constraints. However, we were able to meet each outcome. In summary, the ADVANCE program offered 6 professional development events and had participants from all six STEM colleges. The SUCCEED program offered 2 professional development events and had participants from all six STEM colleges. Baseline data were also collected regarding SUCCEED participant demographic data with a focus on marginalized identities in STEM fields.

 

We recognize that this assessment has limitations in the information that it provides. Assessment is important to our office, but so too is recognizing the constraints that we have in performing more robust evaluations. Our recommendations are formed in this context. In moving forward, we anticipate continuing the same evaluation as described in this document. We also recommend that the SUCCEED program seek out partnerships from colleges and/or units that serve key groups of students to improve the accessibility and inclusiveness of the program, which we hope will result in changes measured through on-going intersectionality data.