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Steinkuehler: Survey demonstrates strength, diversity of video game design field

March 30, 2015

The Higher Education Video Game Alliance recently released a survey of 73 higher education video game design programs around the United States and it indicates that more women and minority participants are in these programs than computer science and other tech fields.

A report in explains how this survey “creates the first accurate snapshot of the field,” according to Alliance Executive Director and UW-Madison faculty member Constance Steinkuehler.

“The growth of the domain across universities and colleges, coupled with the quantity and diversity of students we attract and keep, clearly demonstrate the strength and relevance of our dynamic and developing field,” Steinkuehler said in a release.

Steinkuehler co-directs the Games+Learning+Society Center within the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, and is an associate professor of digital media with the School of Education’s top-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction. She also spent much of the 2011-12 academic year at the White House serving as a senior policy analyst in the Office of Science and Technology Policy. In that role, Steinkuehler served as the White House’s first video game expert and helped shape policies intended to back the development of games for impact.

The recent report found that women make up 30 percent of undergraduate and 33 percent of graduate game design programs, significantly more than computer science and other STEM programs at the same institutions.

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