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Expanding Computing Education Pathways (ECEP) Alliance

Broadening Participation in Computing State by State

Member of the NSF Broadening Participation in Computing Alliance

The National Science Foundation (NSF) supports ECEP through its Broadening Participation in Computing Alliance (BPC-A) program. The ECEP Alliance seeks to increase the number and diversity of students in the pipeline to computing and computing-intensive degrees by supporting state-level computing education reforms. Through interventions, pathways, partnerships and models that drive state-level computing education change, ECEP supports states as they work to align their state efforts with the national vision of computer science for all.

The 2023 State of Computer Science Education report is out!

ECEP partnered with and the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) to create this annual report that identifies gaps and opportunities in computer science education and provides recommendations for advancing broadening participation in computing efforts. This year’s report included highlights on the ECEP Alliance’s Common Metrics Project (CMP) and Scaling Inclusive Pedagogy (ScIP) course.

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A 30-Member Alliance for Sharing Pathways to Success

The ECEP Alliance includes 29 states – Alabama, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Maine, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin – and the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico.

ECEP is a collective impact alliance dedicated to increasing equitable capacity for, access to, participation in, and experiences of computing education. ECEP state leaders focus on building and sustaining K-12 CS education ecosystems that systematically identify and address disparities in opportunities, outcomes and representation in computing education. To achieve sustained, systems-level change in a state, ECEP leaders focus on implementing policies, pathways, and practices that advance equity at scale.

Funded by NSF since 2012, ECEP is a nationally recognized leader in equity-focused computer science education research and policy. ECEP is headquartered within The University of Texas at Austin’s Texas Advanced Computing Center’s (TACC) Expanding Pathways in Computing (EPIC) unit. TACC, in partnership with Co-PIs from UT Austin’s College of Education, Indiana University Bloomington, The University of California at Irvine, and the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center serves as the backbone organization for ECEP, facilitating communications and services.

News & Current Events

ECEP Alliance Hosts First-Ever Virtual Summit: ECEP Connect

Dedicated to our mission of broadening participation in computing, the ECEP Alliance hosted our inaugural ECEP Connect Virtual Summit on September 27, 2023, to provide all states with the opportunity to leverage ECEP resources and its network of state and national leaders in computer science education.

ECEP Alliance Announces Newly Funded Inclusive Computing Initiatives

During the first half of 2023, the ECEP Alliance awarded 5 states with funds to carry out state-level broadening participation in computing (BPC) initiatives, referred to as co-sponsorships. Maryland, Georgia, Utah, Ohio, and North Carolina received co-sponsorships for projects aimed at expanding inclusion in K-12 computer science.