Tag Archive: Undergraduate Students

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The Decision to Go to Graduate School After Undergraduate Degree Completion


Analysis suggests that job prospects weigh heavily on students’ decision to skip or delay graduate education. Further, while the importance of some of the reasons remain the same across students at different stages of their degree program, others vary in terms of their salience depending on how close students are to graduating.

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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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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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.

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Who is Welcome in Computing?


Analysis of how welcome students feel in computing by intersections of race/ethnicity and gender, and disability status and gender shows that there are significant differences between students from various demographic groups ranging from 36% (Black women) to 75% (White men) of students in each group.

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Undergrads who are Underrepresented in Computing Indicate Higher Confidence in Graduate School Admission & Becoming Capable Researcher than Peers


CERP analyzed the results of the 2018 Data Buddies Survey and discovered areas where undergraduates indicate their confidence in computing abilities. Additionally, CERP uncovered some significant differences in confidence levels between students who are underrepresented and non-underrepresented.