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ACM Study Gives Most Detailed Picture to Date of U.S. Bachelor's Programs in Computing


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ACM has released its eighth annual Study of Non-Doctoral Granting Departments in Computing, with the aim of providing a comprehensive look at computing education.

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ACM's eighth annual Study of Non-Doctoral Granting Departments in Computing (NDC) offers a sweeping assessment of undergraduate computing education.

The new edition of the study includes for the first time enrollment and degree completion data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, which provide a more complete picture of enrollment and graduation in bachelor's programs by roughly 300,000 U.S. students.

The NDC study found 4.7% growth in degree production across all computing disciplines between the 2017-2018 and the 2018-2019 academic years, with software engineering and computer science showing the greatest increase.

Women's representation is much greater in information systems and information technology than in computer engineering, the study found; it also showed that African American and Hispanic students had greater representation in bachelor's programs than in Ph.D. programs.

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