Project to Assess Climate in Engineering


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 Evaluation & Research for STEM Equity at the University of Washington.

PACE Outcomes

The PACE team and PACE schools are currently working together to implement changes in order to make engineering programs more welcoming and inclusive for undergraduate students. The PACE outcomes are as follows:

The PACE climate survey was administered in 2008 resulting in data from a sample of over 10,000 engineering undergraduate students from 22 schools.

The PACE survey data has been analyzed to create an overview of results for schools, as well as reports for individual schools

The PACE Schools are using these results to implement new programs and initiatives that aim to improve climate and create a more inclusive environment, especially for gender and ethnic minority students.


PACE interview data is being analyzed to help bolster findings and create more nuanced and contextualized results that can be used by schools and the engineering education research community.


The PACE climate survey is being re-administered to collect additional data and assess changes in climate within the PACE schools.

Focus groups will be conducted after the completion of the climate survey to help better understand the state of climate and the impact of interventions in undergraduate engineering.

PACE results have been featured in various journal articles, professional presentations, newsletters, and magazines.



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PACE Schools: Please submit your Human Subjects applications to your IRB to get approval to field the survey in Spring 2012! Contact the PACE team with any questions.


PACE Participants

Each of the following schools has contributed to PACE data collection efforts through at least one of the PACE projects.

Arizona State University

Boston University

California State University, Los Angeles

Clemson University

Howard University

Michigan Technological University

New Jersey Institute of Technology

New Mexico State University

North Carolina State University

The Ohio State University

The Pennsylvania State University

Purdue University

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Texas A&M University

Texas Tech University

University of Maryland

University of Michigan

The University of Texas at Austin

The University of Texas at El Paso

Virginia Polytechnic InstituteWorcester Polytechnic Institute