The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) departments of Computer Science (CS) and Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE)
Departmental BPC Plans are part of an initiative established by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) aimed at increasing the participation of underrepresented groups or populations in a subset of CISE’s research programs.
First announced by the NSF in July 2017, the BPC pilot aspires to usher in a broad culture change throughout computing institutions to create meaningful actions that address the longstanding underrepresentation of various populations, including women, minorities, and persons with disabilities in computing fields. BPC Plans outline activities, goals, and metrics departments use to provide more inclusive environments at all levels: K-12, undergraduate, graduate, and faculty.
UTSA’s CS/ECE BPC Plan will seek to significantly improve the enrollment, retention, and graduation rates of its Hispanic, first-generation, and female student groups in undergraduate and graduate Computer Science/Engineering programs. Both departments have outlined activities to address these goals such as targeted student and faculty recruitment, curriculum development and improvement, student mentoring, faculty development and training, and professional community outreach programs.
This BPC plan gives an opportunity for both the CS and ECE departments to strengthen its programs and become role models for access and inclusion in computing for the greater academic community.