Tag Archive: CERP Infographics

These infographics are brought to you by the CRA’s Center for Evaluating the Research Pipeline (CERP). CERP provides social science research and comparative evaluation for the computing community. To learn more about CERP, visit our website.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number (CNS-1246649; DUE-1431112). Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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Undergraduates are Learning More Programming Languages Prior to Matriculation; Students from Underrepresented Populations in Computing Report Smaller Increase


For undergraduates who entered their current program in 2020, over half reported learning a new programming language prior to their program. This trend has steadily increased over the last 5 years of incoming undergraduates, yet a persistent difference remains for students who are from populations underrepresented in computing.

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Computing Professionals in Industry and Academia View a Career in Computing Differently


Professionals in academia believe more strongly than professionals in industry that a career in computing allow them to serve humanity and have influence on society. On the other hand, professionals in industry believe more strongly than those in academia that a career in computing allow them to spend a lot of time with family.

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Compared to Peers, Students from Low-Income Backgrounds Report Less Awareness of – but Greater Interest in – Formal Research Experiences


Low- and higher-income undergraduates differ in the extent to which they endorse various reasons for not participating in formal research experiences. This infographic compares reasons for research non-participation among these two groups and suggests avenues for increasing engagement among low-income students.

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Senior Undergraduates Who Did Not Apply to Graduate School Waited Because of a Job, but Most Are Likely to Apply in the Future


Among senior undergraduates who did not apply to graduate school in their last year, their top three reasons for not doing so related to a job, needing the break, or concerns about finances. However, 72% were “quite a bit” or “extremely” likely to apply in the future.

More than 150 Data Buddies Departments Reach Across the US and Canada


CRA’s Data Buddies Project started as a pilot in 2011 and has been growing in its reach since then. As of 2020, 159 departments across the US and Canada are participating in the project. The 2020 Data Buddies Survey was launched on October 26th for the students in the DBS longitudinal sample and was distributed to the participating departments on November 3rd.