Columbia Computer Science

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

CRA: CS bachelors's production grows in 2004; poised for decline

A report in the March 2005 issue of Computing Research News" describes the development of enrollments in undergraduate computer science.
The median number of degrees granted by the top 36 departments has declined for the past two years, to 109. [Thus, Columbia CS is fairly close to a median-sized department in this regard.]

While the current undergraduate CS degree production numbers are strong, they appear set to decline in coming years. The number of students that declared their major in CS has declined for the past four years and is now 39 percent lower than in the Fall of 2000. The number of new CS majors among departments ranked 37 and above has declined steadily since 2000, and since 2002 for those ranked in the top 36.

The impact of these declines is now being felt among enrollments, which have decreased by 7 percent in each of the past two years. The greatest decline in the past few years has occurred among the top 36 departments, which saw enrollments fall by 19 percent between 1999/2000 and 2003/2004.


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