Access to Computing in Higher Education: Capacity Building for BPC Projects


[Student in a wheelchair working at a computer workstation.]

The Access to Computing in Higher Education Capacity Building Institute (CBI) was designed to help participants better understand the under-representation and increase the participation of students with disabilities in computing and information technology (IT) postsecondary education fields and careers. The CBI participants continue collaboration through an online community of practice (CoP). Both were undertaken to engage stakeholders in dialogue that will result in meeting the goals of Broadening Participation in Computing (BPC) projects. These activities were funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF, grant #CNS-0540615 and #CNS-0837508). They were coordinated by the Alliance for Access to Computing Careers (AccessComputing) led by the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) at the University of Washington (UW).

AccessComputing institutional partners are Gallaudet University, Landmark College, and Rochester Institute of Technology. AccessComputing alliance partners are the Alliance for Students with Disabilities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (AccessSTEM); EAST Alliance for Students with Disabilities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (EAST); Midwest Alliance in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (Midwest); Reaching the Pinnacle (RTP); National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT); National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP); Commonwealth Alliance for Information Technology Education (CAITE); Computing Alliance of Hispanic-Serving Institutions (CAHSI); Empowering Leadership: Computing Scholars of Tomorrow; and Advancing Robotics Technology for Societal Impact Alliance (ARTSI).

Goal and Outcomes

AccessComputing works to increase the participation of people with disabilities in computing and IT fields. AccessComputing collaborators apply evidence-based practices to

The CBI was tailored to personnel of projects funded by the Broadening Participation Program of the National Science Foundation's Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) program.

Capacity-Building Activities

AccessComputing collaborates with project partners in a variety of ways, to

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