From slashdot: CS enrollment is way down

I first heard about this a few months ago when I ran into Devika (one of my Rice CS profs) at the grocery store:

CS Degrees Low in 2007 But Bouncing Back

An anonymous reader writes “The number of undergraduate computer science degrees awarded last year hit a new low with the Class of 2007. The degrees awarded, 8,000, as tracked by the Computing Research Association, is only half of what it was five years ago. In 2003-04 — the high point of this decade — 14,185 students were awarded bachelors degrees in computer science from the 170 PhD granting universities tracked by the CRA. That said, after a decade of severe declines, the number of students at top universities declaring themselves as computer science majors is finally seeing an increase. Though it’s only a small increase, it’s an increase nonetheless. Experts attribute the shift to changes in job market, and also to changes in curriculum and the marketing of comp sci programs.”


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  1. It’s funny actually. I saw this with the aviation industry many years ago. When a trade/ industry is hot, young people flock to take courses and by the time they graduate & gain some experience, there is a spurt of supply and sometimes coincidently perhaps a decline in demand. The attraction of new people to the trade declines and in about 3-4 years, there is a decline in supply and so salaries go up. It’s the circle of life. 🙂


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