Is Computer Science Making a Comeback?

Ann All

The latest statistics on computer science students in the United States, while not wildly encouraging, do contain a glimmer of hope for those concerned about the decline in computer science enrollments.

 

According to the Computing Research Association, which tracks year-over-year enrollment and degrees granted in computer science and computer engineering at 170 institutions in the United States, the number of students who declared computer science as a majorrose slightly in the fall of 2007, to 7,915, up from 7,840 the previous fall. (Both numbers are a dramatic drop from the fall of 2000, when there were 15,958 students with a computer major.)

 

Jay Vegso of the CRA writes on the association's Web site that this may mean interest in computer science and computer engineering is "stabilizing" after years of decline. However, even if so, it will take several years for the numbers of degrees granted in these fields to reflect this increased interest.

 

The number of bachelor's degrees granted in these areas dropped 43 percent between 2003-2004 and 2006-2007, when 8,021 students received them. Given the slow growth in tech jobs during the early part of this decade, the decline in degrees was "foreseeable," writes Vegso.

 

A shortfall of computer science graduates is often cited by Microsoft's Bill Gates and other folks seeking an increase in the number of annual H-1B visas allowed in the United States. According to an MSNBC story from last May, a number of U.S. schools are trying to attract more computer science majors by making their courses more entertaining.



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Mar 7, 2008 2:42 AM Colleen Colleen  says:
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Jul 2, 2009 5:01 AM cheap computer cheap computer  says:

i guess according to the Computing Research Association, which tracks year-over-year enrollment and degrees granted in computer science and computer engineering at 170 institutions in the United States

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Aug 31, 2009 3:12 AM AptSoft AptSoft  says:

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Aug 31, 2009 4:53 AM Education Leadership Education Leadership  says:

the number of students who declared computer science as a majorrose slightly in the fall of 2007, to 7,915, up from 7,840 the previous fall That is very interesting result.

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Sep 1, 2009 5:49 AM Travel Guide Travel Guide  says:

Interesting topic.

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Sep 1, 2009 8:01 AM Business Guide Business Guide  says: in response to Education Leadership

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Sep 2, 2009 6:41 AM Home Business Home Business  says:

I agree if the number of students who declared computer science as a majorrose slightly in the fall of 2007, to 7,915, up from 7,840 the previous fall. (Both numbers are a dramatic drop from the fall of 2000, when there were 15,958 students with a computer major.)

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Oct 1, 2009 10:19 AM Kozky Kozky  says:

Computer be the most effective part of human life, since computer development integrated much useful program to make human life easy and more qualyfied.

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Oct 11, 2009 8:26 AM Global News Global News  says:

I think, the answer is quite simple. Since people still need computer, it will make computer demanded and computer and their system will be improve as people want it.

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Oct 12, 2009 3:12 AM Jobs and Careers Jobs and Careers  says:

It look simple to answer that question, i prefer to agree with global news that computer science improvement depend on computer demand.

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Oct 29, 2009 3:43 AM Global News Global News  says:

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Nov 2, 2010 4:49 AM Cheap Insurance Quotes Cheap Insurance Quotes  says:

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Mar 5, 2014 10:06 PM Paul Brighton Paul Brighton  says:
It's really interesting topic and also written very well by you. Reply

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