Since 2006, computer science departments in the U.S and Canada have experienced a surge in the number of undergraduate majors and course enrollments. The resulting strain on departmental and institutional resources has been significant for many departments, especially with respect to faculty hiring and overall workload. The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) has recently addressed the issue with the release a report titled "Assessing and Responding to the Growth of Computer Science Undergraduate Enrollments."
The NAS report discusses strategies central to managing enrollment and resources, and makes recommendations for departments and institutions. Its findings and recommendations provide much-needed guidelines on how institutions can allocate resources to meet growing student demand and to adequately support their computer science department in the increasingly central role of computer science in education and research. "The way colleges and universities respond to the surge in student interest and enrollment can have a significant impact on the health of the field," said Susanne Hambrusch, co-chair of the report's committee and a professor of computer science at Purdue University. "While there is no one-size-fits-all answer, all institutions need to make strategic plans to address realistically and effectively the growing demand for the courses."
The report uses data from multiple sources, including CRA's recent Generation CS Report on undergraduate enrollments, CRA's Taulbee surveys, national degree completion statistics (IPEDS), the U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics, the HERI/CIRP Freshman Survey, and Burning Glass. Notable findings of the report include:
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