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FUTURE AND CHALLENGES
The issues and challenges in computing education will be best addressed by universities, community colleges, and K- 12 working together. Serving all students well in the face of enrollment surges [ 5]
is one critical area where cooperation is needed. Creating smooth
pathways for students in computing, which may involve transfers
and nontraditional educational situations, is an important challenge. The ACM Education Policy Committee’s 2018 report, “
Transition Pathways for Community College Students in Computing”
(forthcoming as of this writing) discusses the role that community
colleges are playing, and best practices in articulation agreements
and transition paths. One case study describes the development
of an AB (Applied Baccalaureate) degree in Information Systems
at Western Oregon University (WOU) designed to allow students
with an AAS in computing from a community college to transfer
and complete their AB in two more years. Students at Chemeketa
Community College have been benefiting from the program and
WOU is reaching out to additional community colleges in Oregon
to create smooth transitions.
It is crucial that universities and community colleges work
together to serve students. SIGCSE as a SIG, along with its
publications and conferences, must continue to be a forum for
educators from all levels of computing education to engage in
addressing contemporary issues in computing education. If you
are a community college educator, get involved in SIGCSE. If
you are a university educator, get involved in SIGCSE and support your local community college.
SIGCSE … must continue to be a
forum for educators from all
levels of computing education to
engage in addressing contemporary
issues in computing education.