In February’s Expanding the Pipeline titled Minding the Gaps in the CS Pipeline: The MSCS Degree, Jan Cuny, et al., of Northeastern University discusses the nontraditional approaches to Computer Science education in the post-graduate domain, focusing on MSCS programs aimed at students who did not major in computer science for their undergraduate degrees. The Align Program at Northeastern University is provided as an example of a program which aims at providing students the core curricula provided by Northeastern’s BS in CS program and other Core-Tier 1 topics and learning outcomes in the ACM/IEEE-Computer Society Guidelines for Undergraduate Curricula in CS. By completing this two-year Bridge program, students then continue directly in the MS program. Read the article in its entirety by clicking the link provided below.
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In response to the National Science Foundation (NSF) Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Directorate’s recently announced CSGrad4US Fellowship program, the Computing Research Association’s Education (CRA-E) and Widening Participation (CRA-WP) committees, with CRA support, are exploring the development of a CSGrad4US Mentoring Program to support recipients of the CSGrad4US Fellowship. The goals of the mentoring program would be (1) to guide returning students through the application process towards a successful CS Ph.D. admission and school selection and (2) to mentor them through the transition to Ph.D. graduate study during the first year. The CSGrad4US Mentoring Program would include both a group mentoring component addressing general aspects of the graduate application process and an individual coaching component.
With an understanding of the myriad pathways into computing research, the mentoring program aims to support students with varying levels of research experience, including those with no prior research experience. The mentoring program is being explored under the guidance of Susanne Hambrusch (Purdue University), Lori Pollock (University of Delaware), Maria Gini (University of Minnesota), and Russ Joseph (Northwestern University).
Interested in serving as a mentor or coach?
More information and a sign-up opportunity will be posted on CRA, CRA-E and CRA-WP websites in the spring. Click here to subscribe to updates.
The 2020 State of Computer Science Education Report on Illuminating Disparities was recently released by the Code.org Advocacy Coalition, Computer Science Teachers Association, and the Expanding Computing Education Pathways Alliance. The report contains trends and highlights of computer science education in the United States.
Included in the report are the 9 Policy Principles of Computer Science Education, which form the framework for the future of computer science across the country. A primary area of focus is centered around issues related to racial disparity in data and the growing momentum towards a more inclusive future for those historically excluded from computer science.
The report argues for a nation-wide effort to include computer science in classrooms across the United States. With the challenges of remote learning, lack of financial resources, and disparities in access to comprehensive computer science education, it is now more important than ever to understand the challenges and opportunities that computer science education faces in the United States.
You can find the full report by clicking on the link provided below.