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Exploring the Baccalaureate Origin of Domestic Ph.D. Students in Computing Fields

Increasing the number of US students entering graduate school and receiving a Ph.D. in computer science is a goal as well as a challenge for many US Ph.D. granting institutions. Although the total computer science Ph.D. production in the U.S. has doubled between 2000 and 2010, the fraction of domestic students receiving a Ph.D. from U.S. graduate programs has been below 50% since 2003. In this article, the Pipeline Project of the CRA-Education Committee (PiPE) provides an examination of the baccalaureate origins of domestic students who have matriculated to Ph.D. programs in computer science. Click here to read the full report.

 Published in 2013.

Findings from a Pipeline Study based on Graduate Admissions Records

Recruiting domestic students (i.e., U.S. citizens and permanent residents) into computer science Ph.D. programs in the U.S. is a challenge for most departments, and the health of the “domestic Ph.D. pipeline” is of concern to universities, companies, government agencies, and federal research labs. CRA-E conducted a study that analyzed applications, acceptances, and matriculation rates to 14 doctoral programs. Informed by findings from these studies, recommendations to strengthen the domestic Ph.D. pipeline are presented.

A draft report presented at Snowbird 2014.

A related CACM Viewpoints article: Understanding the U.S. Domestic Computer Science Ph.D. Pipeline, Vol.58, Nr. 8, July 2015.