What is PACE?

The Project to Assess Climate in Engineering (PACE) is a long-term, multi-site research project looking at climate in undergraduate engineering programs with a focus on persistence and retention. PACE is funded primarily by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and has recently been re-funded for an additional three years. PACE has a supplemental grant from the Engineering Information Foundation. PACE consists of both qualitative research, including interviews and focus groups, and quantitative research, including a climate survey. The PACE team is currently working on analyzing interview and survey data, working with schools on implementing change based on PACE results, re-administering the climate survey, and will be starting new focus groups. PACE is headquartered at the Center for Workforce Development at the University of Washington.