Dashboard Analysis for Broadening Participation

Find the clues to improve recruitment and retention of women and underserved populations.


One of our biggest takeaways through this process is how important data collection is for your target audience for recruitment.

~STEM Educator, Community College in Hawaii

Work with the Data Detectives to look for clues to improve recruitment and retention of women and underserved populations. With the STEM & CTE Data Detective Package, you’ll uncover the key target audiences for your recruitment efforts to achieve your goals for increasing enrollment in just one year. Plus, pinpoint where you may be losing students in your STEM program pipeline.

Donna Milgram Data Detective



      Who is This Package For:

  • Any school that wants to increase the number of female students in STEM and CTE programs in which they are underrepresented.
  • Community colleges, including those with transfer programs and CTE programs at both the 2- and 4-year college level.
  • Schools that are not meeting their Perkins performance indicators for non-traditional participation.
  • Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs), especially those with HSI grants, that want to increase the number of female and male Hispanic students in STEM.
  • Schools which are seeking to increase the number of any underrepresented students in STEM and CTE as well as female students.
  • Community colleges that have a goal of increasing the transfer rates of women and minorities to 4-year STEM programs.

About Donna Milgram, Lead Data Detective:

Donna Milgram is Executive Director of the Institute for Women in Trades, Technology and Science (IWITTS) and has been Principal Investigator on 5 National Science Foundation (NSF) grants – including the CalWomenTech Project, which was highlighted by the NSF for demonstrating significant achievement and program effectiveness and chosen as 1 of 3 model projects nationally by the American Association of University Women.

  • Ms. Milgram developed a WomenTech Educators Training that helps educators nationwide increase the number of women in their technology programs. Through this highly effective online training, college have boosted their recruitment and retention rates in one regular semester. For example:

Your Lead Data Detective,  Executive Director
Donna Milgram, the creator of the
WomenTech Educators Training

Broward College in Florida: Went from 5 to 15 female students in their Introductory Networking courses in less than 8 months. Female retention went from 80% to 100% the next semester.

Mount Wachusett Community College in Massachusetts: Went from 1 female student in its introductory manufacturing class to 9 females out of 13 students the very next semester. Plus, retention went from a baseline of 50% to 100% for both female and male  students.

  • A nationally recognized expert on closing the gender gap for women and girls in STEM, Ms. Milgram has personally conducted hundreds of WomenTech Educators Trainings in 46 states and Canada.
  • She is the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles, papers, and conference presentations including the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) and Women in Engineering Proactive Network (WEPAN). Recent presentation and publication highlights include:

U.S. Department of Education, Moving STEM Forward in the Career, Technical and Adult Symposium hosted by the Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education (OCTAE);
National Science Foundation's National Advisory Committee of the Education Human Resources (EHR) Division on “Increasing Participation of Women in the Skilled Technical Workforce”;
STEMconnector National Advisory Meeting on Broadening Participation in STEM Higher Education;
“How to Recruit Women & Girls to the STEM Classroom” cover article on published in Technology and Engineering Teacher Magazine (Winner of Reader’s Choice Award at International Technology and Engineering Educators Association’s Conference) ;
“Broadening Participation of Female Students in STEM: Significant Outcomes in Less Than One Year” paper published in American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) 2017 Annual Conference Proceedings;

“How well are we serving our female students in STEM? Gender Methods of Evaluation” webinar for Evaluation Resource Center for Advanced Technological Education.

  • Donna has been featured in the media on CNN, Fox Morning News, C-Span, and National Public Radio, and has been quoted in major newspapers such as The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune, and the Associated Press.

STEM & CTE Data Detective Package

Total Investment: $5,000

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