This article is published in the January 2016 issue.


CRA Surveys in Progress, Deadline January 22

Two CRA surveys are due January 22.

Taulbee Survey. The main part of the Taulbee Survey is still in progress. This includes data on student degrees and enrollment, faculty, research expenditures, and the every-three-years Profiles questions about department space, teaching load, and graduate student recruitment.

The salary part of the Taulbee was due November 30. The preliminary salary report went to participants in December, but salary data can still be accepted for the full Taulbee report and will still make CRA members eligible for peer group comparison reporting. The survey can be reopened for your academic unit, but you will have to request it.

Enrollments Survey.  CRA is conducting a one-time survey of doctoral institutions that goes beyond Taulbee’s basic enrollment numbers to collect information on the current surge in computer science enrollments. It asks about the growth departments may be experiencing, what impacts they are seeing, and how they are responding. Similar questions are being asked of nondoctoral institutions through the ACM NDC survey. Preliminary results of this survey will be presented at SIGCSE in March and complete results at Snowbird in July. Results will also be shared with a National Academies study on computing enrollments.

If you have any questions about either survey, contact Dr. Betsy Bizot, CRA Director of Statistics and Evaluation, or 202-266-2943.

The higher our response rates, the more complete and valuable this information will be. We encourage all academic units to participate.


Call for Nominations for BECA Award

Take the time to nominate an individual for the CRA-W Borg Early Career Award (BECA). Nominations are open to women who are early in their careers in computer science and engineering and deserve to be recognized for significant research contributions and positive/significant impact on advancing women in the computing research community.

Deadline: February 15


New CRA Board Member

Tom Conte HeadshotTom Conte is the new IEEE-CS representative on the CRA Board of Directors. Tom joins David Ebert and replaces Jean-Luc Gaudiot who has been elected IEEE-CS 2017 president. Tom was the president of IEEE-CS in 2015.

Tom Conte is a Professor joint appointed in the schools of Computer Science and Electrical & Computer Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology.  His primary research area is computer architecture with a recent emphasis on highly novel computer architectures.  As to the latter, he co-chairs the IEEE Rebooting Computing Initiative. The initiative is charged with rethinking all levels of how we compute with a goal of restarting the industry’s historic exponential performance scaling.  In 2015, he served as the president of the IEEE Computer Society and is a fellow of the IEEE.  He is widely published and holds 35 US patents.