The STARS leadership model for broadening participation in computing

Teresa Dahlberg, Tiffany Barnes, Audrey Rorrer

Research output: Chapter in Book/Entry/PoemConference contribution

14 Scopus citations


Although demand for computing-related jobs is rising, enrollments in computing programs have been steadily dropping for the last 5 years. Participation by women and underrepresented minorities has also been declining. We have formed the STARS Alliance to address the need to broaden participation in computing. Our innovative STARS Leadership Corps (SLC) engages college students in a community dedicated to giving back, persevering, and striving for excellence. The SLC model incorporates best practices in recruiting and retention in computing, and allows us to compare a broad array of student activities at diverse institutions. SLC students engage with each other and their communities, through their computing projects in outreach, research, or service, the annual STARS Celebration conference, and ongoing professional development. We present the SLC model and preliminary results, which indicate that the SLC shows promise for sustained student retention and recruitment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication37th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE
StatePublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes
Event37th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE - Milwaukee, WI, United States
Duration: Oct 10 2007Oct 13 2007

Publication series

NameProceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE
ISSN (Print)1539-4565


Other37th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityMilwaukee, WI


  • Broadening participation
  • Computing
  • Diversity
  • Leadership
  • Student development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Education
  • Computer Science Applications


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