Approaches to Increase Domestic PhD Enrollments

LEAD: CRA’s Committee on Education (CRA-E)

The lack of diversity at the undergraduate level continues into research careers requiring graduate degrees. Since only a third of the PhD degrees awarded in computing go to domestic students and over 60% of those who have earned a PhD in computing take a job in industry, increasing diversity among computing faculty poses multiple challenges. The lack of diverse faculty then impacts the students who choose to participate in computing at the undergraduate level, as well as students choosing graduate school and research. This working group will discuss what computing programs (and computing departments) should do to increase the number of domestic students, in particular women and students from other underrepresented groups, in PhD programs.