Saturday, February 18, 2006

Computer science and computer engineering

In the previous post I mentioned the low hit rate for NSF funding. University enrollment in Computer Science and Computer Engineering is also on the way down. The CRA has a nice graph showing student interest in Computer Science and Engineering from 1971-2005.

The number of high school students taking the Computer Science AP test is also dropping.

In January, The Chronicle of Higher Education had a colloquy about female enrollment in computer science. The moderators ask:

Only 17 percent of undergraduate computer-science degrees were awarded to women in 2004, according to the Computing Research Association, down from 19 percent in 2000. Why is the number so low, and dwindling?

Here is a nice graph of the percentage of baccalaureate degrees awarded to women, by field, from 1973-2003.