CRA’s Education Committee (CRA-E) provides support and resources for ensuring a healthy pipeline of domestic students who continue to graduate school and research careers. CRA-E activities collect, analyze, and interpret data; and disseminate findings to the community. Projects include identifying and developing best practices and resources for undergraduates in research and graduate school, and making junior faculty aware of existing mentoring and best practices resources by running workshops at research conferences.
CRA’s annual Taulbee Survey serves as the principal source of information on students and faculty in Ph.D.-granting computing departments in North America, including the enrollment, production, demographics, and employment of Ph.D.s in computer science, computer engineering, and information programs. It is the trusted source on data regarding masters and undergraduate enrollment and degree production, as well as salary and demographic data for faculty.
CRA’s Center for Evaluating the Research Pipeline (CERP) collects semiannual survey data from a national sample of students enrolled in computing programs across the U.S. in order to gauge students’ experiences in their degree program and in the computing community. Within each sample of data, CERP has the capability to compare success outcomes among students who have versus have not participated in a particular professional development program in computing research. Thus, thanks to the CRA, the computing community now has access to a national sample of data for comparative analysis of diversity and other initiatives in computing. CERP staff also utilizes their national survey data to conduct basic social science research geared towards developing best practices for promoting persistence among all computing students at the postsecondary level.