Dartmouth College granted 52% of its undergraduate engineering degrees to women this week, making it the first national research university to award more bachelor’s degrees in engineering to women than men.
Nationally, the proportion of women earning undergraduate degrees in engineering averages 19 percent, according to data from the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE).
“By thinking creatively about the content, context, and delivery of engineering education, Dartmouth has achieved a milestone,” said Norman Fortenberry, executive director of the ASEE. “Other engineering colleges must now match this achievement.”
Dartmouth encourages all students, from writers to mathematicians, to take courses emphasizing technology and applied science. A majority of students take an engineering course, frequently one that involves hands-on engineering design. Those entry-level design courses spawn a number of new inventions and start-ups, and more students — male and female — who didn’t think they would major in engineering, according to Joseph J. Helble, Dean of Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth.
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