The American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) has designated the Rutgers School of Engineering as an exemplar –its highest bronze award distinction – in its inaugural nationwide ASEE Diversity Recognition Program (ADRP).
According to the ASEE, its new Diversity Recognition Program was established to recognize engineering and engineering technology colleges that make significant, measurable progress in increasing the diversity, inclusion, and degree attainment outcomes of their programs.
While 77 engineering programs received the ASEE Bronze award as national leaders in inclusive excellence and support of groups that have been traditionally underrepresented in engineering, the School of Engineering was among only 28 to earn exemplar recognition.
The ARBP award also honors the School’s demonstrated commitment to assessing its policies, culture, and climate as it relates to underrepresented groups. Recognized institutions have affirmed their commitment to programs and initiatives that strengthen K-12 and/or community college pipelines and to establishing plans for continuous improvement by executing the ASEE Deans Diversity Pledge.
“The School of Engineering faces the particular challenge of a crucial, national STEM shortfall,” says School of Engineering dean Tom Farris. “Mindful of this reality, the school seeks to build on and further its reputation as a leader in undergraduate and graduate engineering education by offering a progressive experience that is attuned to student needs related to education and career readiness.”
As an ASEE Bronze Award winner, the School will continue to build on its successes in attracting a highly qualified student population that includes women, underrepresented minorities, international students, and students from financially challenged backgrounds to engineering. “New programs and opportunities will foster and support a diverse and inclusive student community, as well as provide improved academic support and consistent advising structures to better serve all students and yield positive outcomes,” Farris explains.
The Rutgers School of Engineering’s Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) and the expanded Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) are among the signature initiatives that will benefit from expanded programming. Both offer financial and academic assistance to low-income New Jersey residents who show academic and/or creative promise, but who lack adequate resources for college. Other key Office of Student Services (OSS)-run programs that foster diversity and inclusion include the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP); National Action Council For Minorities in Engineering (NACME); The Academy at Rutgers for Girls in Engineering and Technology (TARGET); and the Reilly-Douglass Engineering Living-Learning Community for undergraduate women engineering students.
“We are dedicated to fostering and supporting a diverse and inclusive student community and are honored that our leadership in this vital area has been acknowledged by an inaugural ASEE Bronze Award for Diversity,” says Farris.