Valparaiso University’s College of Engineering Recognized for Diversity

Jan. 25, 2022 – Valparaiso, Indiana – Valparaiso University’s College of Engineering has been recognized as a national leader in program diversity by the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE).

The ASEE Diversity Recognition Program (ADRP) publicly recognizes engineering and engineering technology programs that make significant, measurable progress in increasing diversity, inclusion and degree attainment outcomes. The ADRP has recognized Valparaiso University at the bronze level, the highest level of recognition attainable during this award cycle.

“The College of Engineering is very pleased to have been recognized by the ADRP,” Doug Tougaw, Ph.D., P.E., interim dean of the College of Engineering and professor of electrical and computer engineering said. “We believe that building an organizational culture that values and welcomes all people will help us achieve our mission of preparing students to lead and serve around the world.”

Bronze level recognition indicates that the College of Engineering is dedicated to establishing baseline support for underrepresented groups in engineering; quantifiably analyzing and assessing unit composition, policies, culture and climate related to all groups underrepresented in engineering; implementing programs and initiatives that strengthen the K-12 or community college pipeline thereby reducing significant barriers related to long-term growth; and developing an action plan focused on continuous improvement.

The College of Engineering at Valparaiso University lives up to the value of fostering a safe, open environment for underrepresented groups. Organizations such as the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and the Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) have been established on campus to provide an academic home, as well as a safe, open environment for students in these groups to learn and thrive as part of an inclusive community. These organizations also provide resources and connections to help promote the success of their students on the institutional level.

Valparaiso University’s College of Engineering will be officially recognized at the Collaborative Network for Engineering Computing and Diversity (CONECD) 2022 meeting in February.

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