Women’s Community College Transfer Pathways in STEM
Brief Project Description With support from the 2023 NAEd/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship, this study explores the experiences and aspirations of women who transfer from community colleges to four-year universities in pursuit of a computer science bachelor’s degree. Using a mixed-methods design and feminist standpoint theory, this study considers how women’s pathways intersect with larger structural barriers, relying on existing survey and interview data from upward transfer women, alongside new data from faculty, staff, and administrators across five participating research sites. Data collection was completed in January 2024 and analyses are currently underway. Check back for updates about project findings.
Project Presentations Blaney, J. M. (2024, forthcoming). How community college transfer women in computer science navigate their degree trajectories and develop their disciplinary science identity. Invited poster presentation at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.
Blaney, J. M. (2023). A feminist phenomenological study of upward transfer women’s computer science identity. Paper presentation at the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) Conference, Minneapolis, MN.