Computing Research Policy Blog

The Computing Research Association (or CRA) has been involved in shaping public policy of relevance to computing research for more than two decades. More recently the CRA Government Affairs program has enhanced its efforts to help the members of the computing research community contribute to the public debate knowledgeably and effectively.


NSF’s Broadening Participation in Computing Program Works


AAAS released a report last week regarding the NSF’s Broadening Participation in Computing (BPC) program and it’s findings are very good news for the computing community. While we have only begun to increase overall enrollments in the field, colleges and universities that are part of the BPC program have begun to increase the number of women and minorities working toward computing degrees. The report talks about all 11 BPC Alliances, including the CRA-W/CDC Alliance and NCWIT in which CRA is heavily involved.

The report is an interesting look into the various BPC efforts and how they have reached students who might otherwise never consider computing as a major or career. It can be downloaded here. There is also a nice write up on the report on the CCC Blog.

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NSF’s Broadening Participation in Computing Program Works