Computer Science Enrollments Rebound in CRA Taulbee Survey

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 8 April, 2011 – Total enrollments among US computer science undergraduates increased 10 percent in 2010, according to the Computing Research Association’s most recent annual CRA Taulbee Survey. This is the third straight year of increases in total enrollment and indicates that the post “dot-com crash” decline in undergraduate computing program enrollments is over.

The CRA, of which the IEEE Computer Society is a member, conducts the survey annually to document trends in student enrollment, degree production, employment of graduates, and faculty salaries in PhD-granting departments of computer science (CS), computer engineering (CE) and information (I) in the United States and Canada.

Overall, bachelor’s degree production in computer science, computer engineering and information sciences departments in 2010 rose nearly 11 percent from that in 2009. Bachelor’s degree production in computer science departments was up more than 9 percent. The increases in new students observed during each of the past two years have resulted in increased degree production, a welcome turnaround from the past several years of declining bachelor’s degree production.

Also notable from the survey:
• PhD production in computing programs held steady in 2009-2010, following a drop in production last year.
• Among CRA member schools, the share of bachelor’s degrees in CS granted to females rose to 13.8 percent in 2010, an increase of 2.5 percentage points over 2009. The share of bachelor’s degrees in CS granted to minority students held nearly steady at 10.3 percent in 2010.

The full report, which also includes information about faculty size, demographics and salaries, graduate student support and research expenditures, will be available in May 2011 on the CRA website.
The CRA is an association of more than 200 North American academic departments of computer science, computer engineering, and related fields; laboratories and centers in industry, government, and academia engaging in basic computing research; and affiliated professional societies.

About the IEEE Computer Society

With nearly 85,000 members, the IEEE Computer Society is the world’s leading organization of computing professionals. Founded in 1946, and the largest of IEEE’s 38 societies, the Computer Society is dedicated to advancing the theory and application of computer and information-processing technology. The Society serves the information and career-development needs of today’s computing researchers and practitioners with technical journals, magazines, conferences, books, conference publications, certifications, and online courses. For more information, visit http://www.computer.org.

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