Computing Degree Enrolments on the Rise

It is good to see via Andrea Foster in a Wired Campus post that the U of Washington is reporting increased numbers of computer science degree enrolments. According to Ed Lazowska:

At Washington, the number of students who enrolled in the university’s introductory computer-science course increased by 27 percent between the 2003-4 and 2007-8 academic years, … Enrollment [sic] by women was up by 45 percent during the same period.

Increased female enrolments is particularly pleasing.

One of the factors thought to be leading increasing numbers is the success of Google and its universal presence on the web. This might make educators like myself pause for thought and ensure our curricula encompass all the technologies that Google employ to provide their services. My guess is that not all these technologies are covered to any depth in current computer science curricula.


About Michael Rees
Academic in IT interested in Web 2.0 and social media

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