Generation CS: The Growth of Computer Science
Department of Computer Science
Colorado School of Mines
1500 Illinois Street, Golden, CO 80401 USA
W. Richards Adrion
College of Information and Computer Sciences
University of Massachusetts Amherst
140 Governors Drive, Amherst, MA 01003 USA
Computing Research Association
1828 L Street NW, Suite 800, Washington DC 20036 USA
Department of Computer and Information Science
University of Pennsylvania
3330 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 USA
School of Computing
University of Utah
50 S. Central Campus Drive, Salt Lake City, U T 84112 USA
Department of Computer Science
305 N. University Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907 USA
Computer Science Department
11730 Garfield Road, Hiram, OH 44234 USA
Department of Computer Science and Engineering
The Ohio State University
2015 Neil Ave., Columbus, OH 43210 USA
DOI: 10.1145/3084362 Copyright held by Authors/Owners.
Many members of the computer science community are
very concerned about the impact of the current student
enrollment surge on diversity, as we learned several hard
lessons regarding diversity in previous enrollment booms.
While more data is needed, there appears to be some good
news regarding both the numbers and percentages of
women and underrepresented minority students involved in
computer science as majors and as students in CS courses;
unfortunately, this good news does not apply for all units
that responded to the survey. The September issue of ACM
Inroads will include an article that concerns data on diversity
from the CRA Enrollment Survey.
An article in the December issue of ACM Inroads will consider the impact of the current enrollment surge on the unit
(e.g., challenges with space and instructional staff), as well as
how units are responding to the current surge (e.g., increasing
section sizes or number of sections taught).
Readers who are interested in the survey’s methodology
should see [ 2]. We also encourage those interested in more details and analysis about the current enrollment surge in computer
science to obtain an upcoming report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s ad hoc Committee
on Growth of Computer Science Undergraduate Enrollments.
The report is expected to be published later this year.
We acknowledge everyone who has assisted with the survey, data, analysis, or report in [ 2].
1. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections;
www.bls.gov/emp/ep_table_102.htm. Accessed 2017 March 24.
2. Computing Research Association (2017). Generation CS: Computer Science
Undergraduate Enrollments Surge Since 2006; http://cra.org/data/Generation-CS/.
Accessed 2017 March 24.
3. Computing Research Association, The Taulbee Survey. http://cra.org/resources/
taulbee-survey/. Accessed 2017 March 24.
4. National Center for Education Statistics; https://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/. Accessed 2017
5. Tims, J., Zweben, S., Timanovsky, Y., and Prey, J., ACM-NDC Study 2015-2016: Fourth
Annual Study of Non-Doctoral-Granting Departments in Computing, ACM Inroads,
7, 3 (2016), 50–63.
Institutions will need to respond
with actions that recognize the
reasons for the increased student
interest from both majors and
nonmajors, and the role that
computing plays in a wide range of
disciplines and jobs.