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Mount Releases Collectif 2020

Research Highlights the Value of Women’s Colleges

January 13, 2021

Mount Saint Mary’s has released the third edition of Collectif, an online research anthology produced by the Center for the Advancement of Women.

MSMU partnered with the Women's College Coalition for this joint edition
MSMU partnered with the Women's College Coalition for this joint edition

In this latest edition, the Mount and the Women’s College Coalition come together to investigate questions related to the relevance and utility of women’s colleges and universities. Scholars from four WCC member institutions investigate the modern “value add” of women’s colleges and universities (both qualitatively and quantitatively), showcase specific institutional initiatives that are advancing the gender equity agenda and promote rigorous conversation on how women’s universities are positively impacting women and girls.

WCC – the association and voice of women’s colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada – moved its headquarters to Mount Saint Mary’s in July 2019, and Emerald Archer, PhD, the director of the Center for the Advancement of Women and associate professor at the Mount, has been leading the Coalition since then.

“Women’s colleges are singularly focused on gender equity and creating the next generation of women who will lead”, says Archer. “This collection of articles underscores the significant value and importance of these institutions in the landscape of higher education. We hope this volume will be useful to all who advocate for women’s colleges and universities in conversations with prospective students, donors, employers, and policymakers across North America.”

These are the four essays included in the 2020 Collectif, which can be downloaded here.

1. “Access and Opportunity at American Women’s Colleges: Contemporary Findings” - Kathryn A. E. Enke, PhD, College of Saint Benedict

2. “Research Experiences Kick-Starting Careers: The Next Generation of Scientists Starts Here”, Audrey J. Ettinger, PhD, Jennifer D. Hayden, PhD, K. Joy Karnas, PhD, Cedar Crest College

3. “Who Me? Increasing High School Girls’ Entrepreneurial Self-Efficacy, Knowledge and Intentions” - Melissa Jean, MBA, Colleen M. Sharen, MBA, Brescia University College

4. “Exploring Writing Center Work in a Women’s College” - Jonathan M. Green, PhD, Cottey College