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Articles relevant to the CRA Center for Evaluating the Research Pipeline (CERP).

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.

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Although Most Computer Science Doctoral Students Earned Their Undergraduate Degree in a Computing Field, One Quarter Earned Their Degree in Another Field


CERP examined the undergraduate degree earned by students seeking a doctoral degree in computer science. Results indicate 41% of computer science doctoral students earned their undergraduate degree in computer science, followed by 26% earning their undergraduate degree in a computing-related engineering field.

Intersectional Analysis of Exposure to Programming Languages Reveals the Additive Impact of Belonging to Multiple Underrepresented Populations


The current analysis examines whether exposure to programming languages varies among different populations that are underrepresented in computing, and whether belonging to multiple underrepresented populations is associated with programming experience. Results show that students from multiple underrepresented populations in computing are less likely to have learned a programming language than their peers.

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CRA and CERP Welcome Roohia Meer


CRA has recently hired Roohia Meer as a program assistant for the Center for Evaluating the Research Pipeline (CERP). She supports CERP’s efforts aimed at broadening participation in computing research and education.

Roohia is originally from Quetta, Pakistan. She holds a Bachelor’s in sociology from Albion College and a Master’s in public policy from the University of Maryland. Before joining CRA, Roohia worked as a data analyst in enrollment management at the University of Maryland. She enjoys reading, cooking, and teaching ESL to refugees from Afghanistan.

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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.