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Clare Boothe Luce Program to Be Evaluated

The Rockville Institute is conducting a number of tasks for the Henry Luce Foundation to recommend ways of strengthening the Clare Boothe Luce (CBL) Program. The CBL Program, begun in 1989, focuses on increasing the participation and representation of women in higher education in the physical sciences, engineering, and mathematics. The Rockville Institute is conducting an evaluation for the period 2000-09, the second decade of the CBL Program.

The CBL Program is the single largest private source of funding for women in these fields, providing grants to 4-year U.S. colleges and universities for undergraduate scholarships, undergraduate research awards, graduate fellowships, postdoctoral fellowships, and endowed, tenure-track professorships.

The Rockville Institute will be:

  • Reviewing program documents to derive a comprehensive overview of operations and outcomes during the study period;
  • Conducting a web survey of all institutions that received funding from 2000-09; and
  • Carrying out in-depth telephone interviews with selected representatives of grantee institutions, members of the CBL Selection Committee, and several outside experts in the field, as well as with CBL Program and Luce Foundation staff.
In September 2010, Rockville Institute researchers will report conclusions and recommendations to the Board of Directors and Program Committee of the Henry Luce Foundation.

Susan Berkowitz, Ph.D., is the Rockville Institute project director. Other staff members include Joy Frechtling, Ph.D., Earlayna Batch, Eden Segal, and Chris Lysy.