WHERE HAVE ALL THE WOMEN GONE FROM THE MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS (MIS) PROGRAM IN THE COLLEGE OF BUSINESS?
AuthorAnderson, Lisa Ann
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This is a study about the large, gender-balance inequality in technology related sectors in the college class-rooms. This study used an experimental method approach looking at popular literature beliefs about the lack of women in information systems. Different projects were completed by the students attending an introductory Computer Information System (CIS) class in the college of Business at a western state school. The students self-selected the type of project that they would complete for the semester, with each project limited to a set number of students to ensure a balance of students in each project group. The impact of these treatments was measured by a survey that was administered to the students at the beginning of the semester, before the introduction of the projects, and then administered again at the end of the semester, after completion of the projects by the students. The results of a chi-square analysis, which was conducted on the survey question asking students whether they were planning on majoring in information systems were not significant for the class as a whole between an instrument administered at the beginning of the semester before any treatments were conducted and the again at the end of the semester after the treatments were conducted except as it related to the students meeting with professionals from the community. The results of compiled student comments from their individual project did provide some positive attitudes and some of the women students individually indicated that they were considering information systems where before they had not.