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US CompSci Enrollment Up For 4th Year Running 101

Posted by timothy
from the so-hone-that-application-essay dept.
dcblogs writes "Interest in computer science continues to grow among undergrad students, who pushed enrollments up nearly 10% in the 2011-12 academic year, according to the Computing Research Association (CRA) of enrollment and graduation rates at Ph.D.-granting universities. This marks the fourth straight year of increases. Enrollments might have been even higher if not for enrollment caps at some schools that don't have enough faculty, equipment or classrooms to meet demand. Enrollments increased 10% last year as well, but overall enrollments remain below the peak reached during the dot.com bubble. Around 2002, each school had a department with an average enrollment of about 400 students; by 2006-07, that enrollment average had declined to about 200. Average enrollments per department are now nearing 300, according to the survey."
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US CompSci Enrollment Up For 4th Year Running

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  • by mx+b (2078162) on Tuesday April 10, 2012 @10:23AM (#39630633)

    I think that's his point. Lots of people want IT-type jobs, and go for a CS degree because they mistakenly leave off the word "science" when they read "computer science". "Oh a degree in computers! That's what I want to do". You can get an associates learning networking and programming and the like, CS will make you do a lot more theory that isn't really the goal of many students in the program. They just don't understand the difference, or that several options exist depending on goals and interests.

    We really do a terrible job in the US of explaining to students the possibilities and letting them go with the best option. It's easier to funnel people into pet programs I suppose, than give any real academic advising.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday April 10, 2012 @10:35AM (#39630777)

    It sounds like you have limited knowledge about what schools offer. I have a CS degree and I was taught databases, c++, python, java, c#, and a number of different development processes. Additionally, i was also taught compilers, parsing, formal proofs, algorithms, graphs, and a bunch of other stuff that is only used tangentially where I work.
    The MIS majors where the ones who were taught just databases and a few Microsoft languages, like you.

    I do believe there is no standard, and you have to look for a school teaching what you want to learn. :)

  • by NotSanguine (1917456) on Tuesday April 10, 2012 @01:47PM (#39634001)

    When you go for any IT job, the number one requirement these days is a degree in Computer Science or equivalent experience.

    There. FTFY.

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