Women are sorely lacking in the IT industry, and universities are taking notice and taking action with an influx of trending partnership-based programs designed to help get women in STEM–and help them stay there.

When it comes to STEM, many women report experiencing negative stereotypes in class, and many say they lack female role models. Two-thirds of women in a recent CDW-G survey said they struggled with confidence.

The survey included 300 women who are current STEM college students, recent graduates, and those who chose to leave technology, science and math programs.

Forty-eight percent of survey respondents said being a woman in STEM made their higher education experience harder, and 46 percent said they considered switching fields in college.

Of survey respondents who left STEM fields, 69 percent left their programs before junior year, 30 percent said they felt like they didn’t belong in their major, and 29 percent said the material was too challenging.

These alarming numbers are prompting many institutions to do more to connect female students with female role models and other opportunities. Some are forming industry partnerships to help students visualize a career in the real world–a trend that seems to be catching on.

(Next page: A pilot program to connect female students to mentors)


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