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Computing Undergraduate Recruitment Up – Sometimes Massively

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The news from the US (ACM TechNews, March 18, 2009) is good –

Computer Science Majors Increase at Most Significant Rate Since Dot Com Boom

The number of computer science majors enrolled in U.S. universities rose 8.1 percent in 2008, the first increase in six years, reports the Computing Research Association (CRA) in its 2007-2008 annual CRA Taulbee Survey. Total enrollment in computer science classes, including majors and pre-majors, rose 6.2 percent. “The upward surge of student interest is real and bigger than anyone expected,” says Peter Lee, CRA’s incoming chair. “The fact that computer science graduates usually find themselves in high-paying jobs accounts for part of the reversal. Increasingly students also are attracted to the intellectual depth and societal benefits of computing technology.

The Irish situation has seen increases in recruitment of up to 100% and more.

What is quite exciting is how this presages an economic upturn, as I have described in my blog entry below entitled “Student recruitment as an excellent indicator of the information economy”.

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Written by Fionn Murtagh

2009/03/18 at 21:43

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