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Responding to the Crisis – How Computing is Changing Everything

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Updating my article discussed below under “Student recruitment as an excellent indicator of the information economy” here are some udates from the CRA, Computing Research Association.

Given the sufficient data on which these trends are based, and also given how the North American trends often lead others, these trends are worthy of consideration.

  • Cumulative increase over last three years in new Bachelor students per department is 15.8%$ if only majors are considered.
  • Continuing upward trend in Computer Science PhD production. Up 5.7% from mid 2007 to mid 2008.
  • Unemployment rate for new PhDs less than 1%.
  • Continuing increasing trend for PhDs to go directly into industry. Now at 56.6%.
  • Academic employment by fresh PhDs continuing to decline. Now at 30%.
  • Proportion of women among CS PhDs now up to 20.5% in 2008.

From the National Science Foundation:

  • 2007 was fifth consecutive year of annual increases in PhDs produced.
  • Electrical engineering – fastest growing engineering field during the decade 1998-2007, with number of PhDs awarded increasing by 51.0%.
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Written by Fionn Murtagh

2009/07/29 at 22:57

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