New NSF Program: Computing Education for the 21st Century

September 25, 2010 at 11:50 am 4 comments

The new NSF program to replace CPATH and BPC is now out.  There will still be a Broadening Participation in Computing program, but just for Alliances in its own program.

The Computing Education for the 21st Century (CE21) program aims to build a computationally savvy 21st century workforce that positions the US to demonstrate a leadership role in the global economy. Innovations in computing and more broadly, information technology (IT), drive our economy, underlie many new advances in science and engineering, and contribute to our national security. Projected job growth in IT is very strong.

Despite these very positive indicators, student interest in computing has declined dramatically over the last decade.  For example, the percentage of college freshmen indicating an intent to major in computing has declined overall by 70% in the last decade; for women, the decline was 80% (HERI, 2000-2009). Recent data show that student interest in computing majors has fallen behind projected job openings by a factor of five and a half (ACT, 2010).

The CE21 program seeks to reverse this troubling trend by engaging larger numbers of students, teachers, and educators in computing education and learning at earlier stages in the education pipeline.  While interventions in primary education are within scope, the CE21 program focuses special attention on activities targeted at the middle and high school levels (i.e., secondary education) and in early undergraduate education.

via – Funding – Computing Education for the 21st Century – US National Science Foundation (NSF).

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  • 1. Andy Kuemmel  |  September 26, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    For high school teachers, this is pretty major, because the new program is directly tied to the CS10K project. Quoting from the web page:

    “The CE21 program especially encourages proposals that align with, and promise to contribute to, the success of the NSF-initiated CS 10K Project. (See CS 10K aims to increase the effectiveness of computing education in high school through the introduction of an entirely new curriculum (based on a proposed, new Advanced Placement course) concomitant with the preparation of 10,000 high school teachers prepared to teach the new curriculum in 10,000 schools by 2015.”

    Do you think state-wide proposals could be written that would incorporate a coordinator position like the one in the Georgia Computes program?

    • 2. Mark Guzdial  |  September 26, 2010 at 3:45 pm

      You’d have to ask Jan Cuny that. There is no “coordinator position” funded under “Georgia Computes!” Georgia Tech’s College of Computing hired Barbara Ericson as Director of CS Outreach. “Georgia Computes!” pays part of her salary, but not the whole thing. It takes a lot of money to fund full-time coordinator positions. You might be better off going for a BPC Alliance for that.

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