Creating institutional, structural, and systemic changes across K-16 computing education.
The AiiCE Policy Constellation is actively engaged in eliminating K-16 policies that negatively impact students and/or faculty from minoritized groups, such as:
- Lack of access to high-school computing courses, including Advanced Placement (AP)
- Inaccessible course materials
- Requiring self-funded laptops
- Entrance exams for computing majors
- Campus policing
- h-index measures
- Lack of what counts as research in computing
- Biased course evaluations
CSTA is establishing a teacher-led policy committee to 1) vet, develop, and/or adopt a set of endorsed policy recommendations; and 2) develop a toolkit to support CSTA chapter leaders and members on effectively advocating for these policy recommendations at the state level. The committee will focus on policies that support the long-term outcome of the Alliance to increase entry, retention, and course/degree completion of groups historically underrepresented in CS.
The Alliance is developing supplemental resources for (non)ABET-accredited CS programs to support ABET DEI-based criteria changes. These will help departments understand the changes, rationale, applications to real-world, identity-related computing issues, and suggested strategies to minimize (re)accreditation challenges.
The Alliance engages ABET-accredited programs (to identify challenges with updating programs to meet new criteria) and non-ABET-accredited programs (to understand challenges to pursuing accreditation) to inform CSAB and make recommendations for program evaluators and future criteria updates.