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 Expanding Computing Education Pathways (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 for computer science for all.
A 23-state alliance for sharing pathways to success
The ECEP Alliance includes 22 states – Alabama, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Hampshire, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington – and the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico.
ECEP facilitates a collective impact model designed to broaden participation in computing (BPC) across states. The ECEP model emphasizes building internal capacity in state leaders and supports states in addressing the diverse and intractable contextual factors that have stymied efforts to expand computing education pathways. The ECEP Alliance collaborates with state teams to develop and test interventions focused on systemic change. Interventions include: developing tools and resources for state-level support, and defining BPC indicators and measuring state BPC goals.
Funded by NSF since 2012, ECEP is a nationally recognized leader in equity-focused computer science education research and policy. In 2018, leadership of the ECEP Alliance moved to The University of Texas at Austin under a new NSF grant (ECEP 2.0; NSF-CNS-1822011). ECEP is headquartered within the Texas Advanced Computing Center’s (TACC) Expanding Pathways in Computing (EPIC) unit. TACC, in partnership with Co-PIs and Senior Personnel from UT Austin’s College of Education, Indiana University, The University of California at Irvine, The Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center, and CSforAll serves as the backbone organization for ECEP, facilitating communications and services.