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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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  • for loops galore (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday April 10, 2012 @10:11AM (#39630473)

    Get back to us after the fourth semester and let us know what % of the enrolled did not switch majors or drop out.

  • by Xphile101361 (1017774) on Tuesday April 10, 2012 @10:16AM (#39630537)
    Maybe that is because Computer Science isn't IT work?
  • by danbuter (2019760) on Tuesday April 10, 2012 @10:18AM (#39630563)
    Tell that to people who actually hire CS grads right out of college.
  • by crazyjj (2598719) * on Tuesday April 10, 2012 @10:35AM (#39630759)

    In my admittedly cynical experience with most wannabe young programmers, I've found that the vast majority only major in the field because they think it will make them money and provide steady work (or because they think *programming* video games is in any way analogous to *playing* them). But they have neither the heart nor mind for the field and so go one of two ways:

    a) They drop out before they finish their degree (wasting *their* money), or
    b) They graduate but make for really shitty programers (wasting *their employer's* money)

    Either way, go major in nursing if you just want money and a steady job.

  • by TheRaven64 (641858) on Tuesday April 10, 2012 @10:39AM (#39630825) Journal

    someone in India is not only learning it better, but willing to work for cheaper

    That's not my experience of Indian programmers. Well, both parts of your statement are correct: someone in India is learning it better, and also someone in India is willing to work for cheaper. They are not usually the same person, however.

  • by Cajun Hell (725246) on Tuesday April 10, 2012 @11:22AM (#39631447) Homepage Journal

    Today, if it doesn't get pushed by AppGoogFaceMicrosoft, hardly anyone notices that it exists

    You are living in a subjective reality, a prison of your own construction. If you choose, the "hardly anyone" who you mention, can be everyone who matters.

    Think back to 20 years ago when Microsoft looked like the main barrier to progress. The market looked just as un-enterable to people living then too. And their discouraging words were met by fogies who spoke of IBM, saying the 1990s kids didn't know how good they had it. But of course things actually were happening; they just weren't in the headlines.

    You're right that there is a large market being played by AppGoogFaceMicrosoft and that little of interest is happening there, but doing uninteresting things is always how it is when you're trying to sell things to the mainstream where the big money is. This says nothing about things that are possible to work on and advance, except the sales volume itself.

    This isn't even a software phenomenon. Most creative endeavors are like this. Why learn to play music when so many people are giving their money to Nickelback? Why learn automotive design when people are just going to buy Chevy Silverados? Why work on solar power when people will just write monthly checks to their local utility who burns coal? Why carve furniture with an axe, when people will go to Ikea? Why brew beer in a nation who spends so much on Bud Light? Because you love doing things, that's why, and because even if most people buy lame shit, you're still not alone.

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