Published: May 2022, Issue: Vol. 34/No.5, Download as PDF

Archive of articles published in the May 2022, Vol. 34/No.5 issue.

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CRA 2021 Taulbee Survey: CS Enrollment Grows at All Degree Levels, With Increased Gender Diversity

This article and the accompanying figures and tables present the results from the 51st 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.

AAAS Annual Meeting 2022 – Robotics: Empowering not Replacing People

As further advancements in Artificial Intelligence are made, automated processes and robotics are becoming a ubiquitous entity in the workforce. As a result, there is a growing concern among the public that robots will replace humans and cause a massive job shortage. The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) organized the “Robotics: Empowering not Replacing People” scientific session at the 2022 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting in February to address this concern in the public perception.


NITRD 30th Anniversary Commemoration

The Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program is the Nation’s primary source of federally funded work on pioneering information technologies (IT) in computing, networking, and software. On December 9th, 2021 the 30th Anniversary of the NITRD program occurred during the height of the pandemic, and accordingly a virtual commemoration was held on December 2nd, 2021 to celebrate the incredible achievements of the last 30 years while maintaining social distancing measures. While the anniversary has passed we will be hosting an in-person event on May 25th, 2022 in Washington, D.C. to commemorate this milestone.

Responses of Academic Units in Public and Private Institutions to Increasing Enrollments in Computing

Using data from the new Policies and Data Practices Survey, this analysis looks at the actions higher education institutions took to address increasing enrollments. Academic units in private institutions were significantly less likely to tighten their admission/enrollment requirements and to advise less successful students to consider other majors compared to those in public institutions.

Thank you, Data Buddies! (Fall 2021)

The annual Data Buddies Survey ended in February of 2022. CERP wishes to thank the 145 institutions and departments that made data collection possible, with special appreciation extended to Elite Data Buddies who received at least a 20% response rate from survey respondents.

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Expanding the Pipeline: The Context, Importance, and Experience of Writing Departmental BPC Plans

Efforts to increase participation from minoritized communities has been going on in earnest for over a decade. Unfortunately, we have yet to expand the group of faculty and staff engaged in these activities and have only made a marginal difference in who is studying computing. This article discusses BPC Plans as an attempt to supplement and scale-up the computing community’s efforts to address the issue of lack of diversity in computing.

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CRA Board Member Carla Brodley Receives the 2021 ACM Frances E. Allen Award for Outstanding Mentoring

ACM has named Carla E. Brodley the recipient of the inaugural ACM Frances E. Allen Award for Outstanding Mentoring. She is recognized for significant personal mentorship and leadership in creating systemic programs that have increased diversity in computer science by creating mentoring opportunities for thousands at Northeastern and other universities across the United States. Brodley is a member of the CRA Board and former member of the CRA-WP Board.

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CRA-WP Featured in the 2022 STEM for All Video Showcase: Access, Inclusion, and Equity

A short video from CRA’s Committee on Widening Participation in Computing Research (CRA-WP) is featured in the 2022 STEM for All Video Showcase May 10-17. CRA-WP’s video is entitled “Broadening Participation in Computing Research with CRA-WP” and highlights programs funded through National Science Foundation award #1840724. CRA-WP is a Broadening Participation in Computing Alliance that focuses on community building, career mentoring, information sharing, and effecting systemic change for undergraduate and graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, faculty, and industry and government researchers. 


Former CRA Board Chair Dan Reed Elected Chair of the National Science Board

Recently, the National Science Board (NSB) elected former CRA Board Chair Daniel Reed, from the University of Utah, as its next chair. Dr. Reed was appointed to the NSB in 2018. He served on the CRA Board of Directors from 1999 to 2009 and was chair from 2005 to 2009; he currently serves on the CRA Government Affairs Committee. At this critical juncture for NSF — with the focus on emerging technologies, the creation of the new Directorate for Technology, Innovation, and Partnerships (TIP), and the pending NSF legislation in Congress which will likely reshape the mission of the agency — it’s crucial to have someone from the computing and IT research community helping to steer the NSB in its oversight of the agency and in crafting Federal science policy. We wish to congratulate Dr. Reed on this great honor, and we look forward to working with him as he continues to serve the Nation in this new role!