Published: May 2021, Issue: Vol. 33/No.5, Download as PDF

Archive of articles published in the May 2021, Vol. 33/No. 5 issue.

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2020 Taulbee Survey: Bachelor’s and Doctoral Degree Production Growth Continues but New Student Enrollment Shows Declines

This article and the accompanying figures and tables present the results from the 50th annual CRA Taulbee Survey, which documents trends in student enrollment, degree production, employment of graduates, and faculty salaries in academic units in the United States and Canada that grant the Ph.D. in computer science, computer engineering, or information. In the Concluding Observations section, we summarize where we think this year’s reported data was particularly affected by COVID-19.

We thank all of the respondents to this year’s questionnaire, and especially appreciate their willingness to provide data during such an unusual and trying time. The participating departments are listed at the end of this article. CRA member respondents will again be given the opportunity to obtain certain survey information for a self-selected peer group. Instructions for doing this will be emailed to all such departments.


CRA Executive Director Andrew Bernat Announces Retirement

After nearly 20 years at the helm of the Computing Research Association, Executive Director Andrew Bernat announced he will retire from his position as of September 1. Bernat joined CRA in 2002 and under his leadership the association has seen a dramatic, positive transformation, more than tripling in size and launching significant new efforts in research visioning, widening participation, and postgraduate support, while remaining the organization of record for computing research issues in Washington policy circles.

New CRA Executive Director Search 

The search for the next Executive Director of CRA has begun! At the request of the CRA Executive Committee, Kathleen Fisher and Jim Kurose are co-chairing the search committee, which was constituted to represent the breadth of CRA’s constituencies and perspectives. CRA has engaged the services of Isaacson Miller to help with the search.  If you would like to nominate someone for consideration for the position (including yourself!) or if you have general inquiries, please go to We are currently drafting a full position profile and advertisement.  Both will be available in the next few weeks and circulated widely, so stay tuned!

CRA-Industry Committee Announces Virtual Round Table Series

CRA-Industry, a standing committee of the CRA, was created in the Fall of 2020 with the goal of reaching out to industry partners involved in computing research and giving them new opportunities to convene and connect on topics of mutual interest.  The committee also facilitates the interaction between industry partners and other organizations deeply involved in computing research including academic institutions and government agencies. CRA-Industry is planning to start a series of bimonthly 75-minute virtual Round Table meetings in June 2021 focused on issues of interest to our computing research industry partners. You can learn more about CRA-Industry by visiting our web page and/or signing up for our mailing list.

National Discovery Cloud

CCC is pleased to announce the release of a new white paper, A National Discovery Cloud: Preparing the US for Global Competitiveness in the New Era of 21st Century Digital Transformation, led by Ian Foster with significant support from Daniel Lopresti, Bill Gropp, Mark D. Hill, and Katie Schuman.


Apply Now to the CSGrad4US Mentoring Program

Are you interested in mentoring prospective graduate students through the application and reentry process?

The mentor and coach application is now available on the CSGrad4US Mentoring Program webpage. The goals of the CSGrad4US Mentoring Program are:

  • To guide returning students through the application process towards a successful CS PhD admission and school selection
  • To mentor them through the transition to PhD graduate study in the first year towards high retention.

Specific topics include the admissions process, preparation of all components of a strong graduate application, differences between graduate programs at different institutions, how to compare programs with respect to the Fellow’s goals and background, and general guidelines on making a selection among admission acceptances.

Applications received by June 1st will be given preference.
For questions regarding eligibility, please email


Former CRA-WP Board Member Anna Karlin Elected to National Academy of Sciences

This year’s class of newly elected members includes a record number of women, including former CRA-WP Board Member Anna Karlin. She is the Microsoft Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science at the University of Washington. She has been active in several CRA-WP activities including Grad Cohort, Virtual Undergraduate Town Hall, and Career Mentoring Workshops.