Generation CS: Computer Science Undergraduate Enrollments Surge Since 2006
Across the United States and Canada, universities and colleges are facing a significant increase in enrollment in both undergraduate computer science (CS) courses and programs. The current enrollment surge has exceeded previous CS booms, and there is a general sense that the current growth in enrollment is substantially different than that of the mid-1980s and late 1990s. To investigate the current situation, the Computing Research Association (CRA) produced an enrollment survey to measure, assess, and better understand enrollment trends and their impact on computer science units, diversity, and more. The survey was administered in parallel with CRA’s annual Taulbee Survey of doctoral-granting units and ACM’s annual NDC Study of non-doctoral granting units in computing. Analysis of the survey is presented in a new report, “Generation CS: CS Enrollments Surge Since 2006,” available for download and online at: http://cra.org/data/generation-cs/.
The Generation CS report analyzes the survey results with respect to majors, nonmajors, diversity, impact on academic units, and units’ actions in response to the surge.
- There has been phenomenal growth of computer science majors in the United States and Canada since 2006 (e.g., the number of CS majors enrolled at doctoral-granting units has more than tripled since 2006); furthermore, the data indicates that continued growth is likely.
- Units are seeing remarkable growth of nonmajors taking computer science courses and an increase in computer science minors.
- The impact of the current student enrollment surge on diversity is a concern of many members of the computer science community. While more data is needed, there appears to be some good news regarding both the numbers and percentages of women and underrepresented minority students involved in computer science as majors and as students in CS courses; unfortunately not every unit that responded to the survey is experiencing this growth.
- The report covers the impact of the current enrollment surge on the unit (e.g., challenges with space and instructional staff), as well as how units are responding to the current surge (e.g., increasing section sizes or number of sections taught).
- A section on degree completions in computer science from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) data is included, which helps advance understanding of the data collected in the CRA Enrollment Survey and provides more information about the current surge in computer science at non-doctoral granting units.
The enrollment growth in the mid-1980s is sometimes referred to as the “PC boom” and the enrollment growth in the late 1990s is sometimes referred to as the “dot-com boom.” CRA Conference at Snowbird attendees suggested that we are currently in “Generation CS”, where CS enrollment across the nation is surging due to the pervasiveness of computing in today’s society. Computing plays a significant role in daily life, and students with interests in a variety of fields are beginning to understand that training in computer science is vital.
To encourage a conversation about the content of the report, we have enabled a comments section located at the bottom of the main report webpage at: http://cra.org/data/generation-cs/.
CRA Enrollment Committee
In early 2015, CRA created a committee to investigate increasing enrollments. As part of this effort, an institutional subgroup of this committee developed a CRA Enrollment Survey and produced this report. The subgroup includes:
- Tracy Camp, Chair, Colorado School of Mines
- W. Richards Adrion, University of Massachusetts – Amherst
- Betsy Bizot, Computing Research Association
- Susan Davidson, University of Pennsylvania
- Mary Hall, University of Utah
- Susanne Hambrusch, Purdue University
- Ellen Walker, Hiram College
- Stuart Zweben, The Ohio State University
Main Contact: Tracy Camp, Colorado School of Mines (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Please check out the following article at http://www.queensu.ca/research/innovating/mousavi
Well done Parvin!
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Professor David Skillicorn is in the news today. The Smith School’s publication, Insight, has an article about the work he did with Lynette Purda-Heeler and Pam Murphy on fraud transmission via language:
The QSC is pleased to welcome Dr. Farhana Zulkernine who begins her appointment this month as a Tenure Track Assistant Professor in the Queen’s School of Computing.
“From time to time one comes across a volume containing scholarly submissions honouring a “famous” researcher for his or her contributions to the community. The German word
Festschrift is commonly used to describe such a volume. Wikipedia translates Festschrift as a “celebration publication” or literally “party-writing”.
Some time ago colleagues of Selim Akl were invited to the “party”. Today an impressive volume sits on my desk next to me as I write this message. It is:
A Festschrift for Selim G. Akl
Emergent Computation (Springer, Switzerland, 2017) is a book dedicated to Professor Selim G. Akl of the Queen’s School of Computing to honour his major research achievements in the field of computer science over four decades. Sixty five researchers from around the world contributed to the volume. Their articles cover a wide variety of research topics, including (among many others) algorithms for good musical rhythms, algorithms that make physical measurements, universality in computation, distributed message systems, descriptional complexity, parallel grammar systems, generalized hypercube machines, parallel sorting, cellular automata, constrained resource networks, vehicular clouds, epigenetic drug discovery, physical maze solvers, computer chess, quantum cryptography, and the structure of social networks.
The book is edited by Professor Andrew Adamatzky (Unconventional Computing Centre, University of the West of England, Bristol, U.K.) and Kai Salomaa and I wrote the foreword.”
The Queen’s School of Computing is pleased to announce that Dr. Hossam Hassanein of the Queen’s School of Computing has been elevated to the rank of IEEE Fellow, the highest grade of membership in the IEEE. The citation is reproduced below.
“Dear Hossam S. Hassanein:
Recognizing the achievements of its members is an important part of the mission of the IEEE. Each year, following a rigorous evaluation procedure, the IEEE Fellow Committee recommends a select group of recipients for elevation to IEEE Fellow. Less than 0.1% of voting members are selected annually for this member grade elevation.
It is my great pleasure to inform you that the IEEE Board of Directors, at its November 2016 meeting, elevated you to IEEE Fellow, effective 1 January 2017, with the following citation:
for contributions to protocols, architectures and analysis of multi-hop wireless networks
Within the next two months, you will receive your IEEE Fellow pin and certificate. Both serve as visible recognition of your elevation to the highest grade of membership in the IEEE.
You bring honor to yourself and to IEEE by your achievements. Congratulations!
Barry L. Shoop
2016 IEEE President and CEO”
Congratulations Hossam on a well deserved honor!!
Professor Jim Cordy is in the news today on the occasion of his award of the Queen’s Prize for Excellence in Research.
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The Queen’s School of Computing is pleased to announce that Queen’s School of Computing Professor Dr. Jim Cordy is the recipient of the Queen’s University Prize for Excellence in Research for 2016. The Prize will be awarded at the Fall Convocation, on Thursday, November 17, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. Dr. Cordy will present his research in a public lecture at a later date.
Many congratulations Jim on this recognition and well deserved honor!
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The Queen’s School of Computing Human Media Lab is in the news for its invention of the WhammyPhone, the world’s first virtual musical instrument for flexible phones.
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The Queen’s School of Computing is pleased to announce that on Wednesday, October 12, 2016, Queen’s University signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Canadian University Dubai. Under this agreement, CUD undergraduate students complete two years in their home university, then are considered for admission to the Bachelor of Computing program in the Queen’s School of Computing. The President of the CUD, Dr. Karim Chelli, was on campus for a signing ceremony with Queen’s Provost Dr. Benoit-Antoine Bacon on Wednesday morning, then spent the afternoon touring QSC labs.
Many thanks to everyone who contributed towards this collaboration and the visit by CUD representatives, and in particular Professor Hossam Hassanein who worked on this project from its inception.
For more details, see the Queen’s Gazette story here