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Computer Science Enrollments Soared Last Year, Rising 30%


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The number of new undergraduate computing majors in U.S. computer science departments increased more than 29 percent in 2012, marking the fifth straight year of computer science enrollment growth, according to the Computing Research Association's (CRA) Taulbee Survey, which polls computer science departments at Ph.D.-granting institutions.

The Taulbee Survey found a 20-percent enrollment increase in bachelor degree programs for computer science. Although women remain underrepresented in computer science, the most recent survey did report a slight increase in new female graduates, growing from 11.7 percent in 2011 to 12.9 percent in 2012. The survey also found that 8.2 percent more students earned Ph.D's in computer science in 2012 compared to 2011.

 CRA's Peter Harsha says today's students are more aware of the importance of computational thinking in most other fields of science and technology.

From Computerworld 
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