Enrollment in computer-related degree programs has risen for the fifth straight year, according to the Computing Research Association (CRA). CRA's annual Taulbee Survey found that the number of new undergraduate computer science majors at U.S. Ph.D.-granting universities rose by more than 29 percent in 2012.
CRA, which called the increase "astonishing," noted the percentage increase in bachelor's degrees awarded in computer science has reached double digits for the third straight year. The year-over-year increases were 19.8 percent overall and 16.6 percent among departments that participated in the survey this year and last year.
CRA members believe the recent increase in enrollment is occurring in part because "students are much more aware of the importance of computational thinking in just about every other field of science and technology," says CRA's Peter Harsha.
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