U I C WISEST - Women in Science and Engineering System Transformation

External Evaluators

Beatriz Chu Clewell, Director of Program for Evaluation and Equity Research, The Urban Institute

Dr. Clewell is currently a Senior Fellow and Senior Advisor and founder (until September 2008 she was Director) of Program Evaluation and Equity Research (PEER) in the Education Policy Center of the Urban Institute. She is an education policy researcher whose main focus is factors that influence the educational attainment of underrepresented groups. In her 25 years of evaluation experience, she has conducted a number of evaluation studies of intervention programs to increase educational access and success among these groups. One of these studies-of 168 mathematics and science intervention programs-resulted in a book, Breaking the Barriers, that described effective intervention practices to increase the success of girls and minority students in science and mathematics. She was Principal Investigator for the national evaluation of
the National Science Foundation's Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Program and a six-year evaluation of the DeWitt Wallace Reader's Digest Fund Pathways to Teaching Careers Program, which collected longitudinal outcomes data on close to 3,000 program participants in 41 programs with the goal of recruiting teachers into shortage areas. Other projects include the evaluation of NSF's Program for Women and Girls; an "effective schools" study in four school districts to identify and describe policies and practices that characterize elementary schools in which all students achieve; and an evaluation of DC ACTS, an NSF-funded project to improve math and science instruction in DC public schools.  She recently completed a project to facilitate cross-project evaluations within programmatic areas at NSF, NIH, and the GE Fund and a study of the effect of NCLB on LEP and Immigrant students funded by the Foundation for Child Development.  She also recently directed a five-year evaluation of the Lumina Foundation's BEAMS Project.  She is currently PI of the evaluation of NSF's HBCU-UP program, co-Principal Investigator of an NSF study of third generation globalization and systems of human capital development, and co-Principal Investigator of the implementation evaluation of NSF's ADVANCE program.


From 1981 to 1994 (when she joined the Urban Institute), Dr. Clewell was a senior research scientist at the Educational Testing Service in Washington, D.C. and Princeton, New Jersey.  In 1992 she received the Distinguished Scholar Award from the American Educational Research Association.  She has authored or co-authored a number of publications and was associate editor of Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, the main policy journal of the American Educational Research Association.  From November 1999 to July 2000, she was on leave from the Urban Institute as Executive Director of the Commission on the Advancement of Women and Minorities in Science, Engineering and Technology Development (CAWMSET) based at the National Science Foundation.  In that capacity, she directed the work of the bipartisan Congressional commission and was responsible for producing the widely-read Commission report, Land of Plenty:  Diversity as America's Competitive Edge in Science, Engineering and Technology.   Thisfall (2007) she published a book, Effective Schools in Poor Neighborhoods: Defying Demographics, Achieving Success, which reports on a recently-completed study of sixteen schools in two urban school districts. This book has been nominated for the Outstanding Book Award by AERA and is a finalist in the 2008 National Best Book Awards in the Education/Academic category.  Dr. Clewell was recently been appointed by the National Academies to the congressionally-mandated Committee on Underrepresented Groups and the Expansion of the Science and Engineering Workforce Pipeline.

Clemencia Cosentino, Research Associate, The Urban Institute

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Women in Science and Engineering System Transformation (WISEST)

The goal of the WISEST Initiative is to increase the number, participation, and leadership status of women — majority and minority — in academic science and engineering through institutional transformation at UIC.