Archive for April 22, 2011
I just got a report from my publisher who told me that I can share these stats. Our Python Media Computation book is now #2 in sales in the US among Python CS1 books — Zelle’s book is number one. The Python CS1 market grew 36% this last year (down from over 40% the previous two years). I know Greg Wilson was wondering, and they told me that I can report the number this year: The size of the market is around 24,000 sales.
I wonder if that number is actually wrong for our book. I bet that most schools using our Python book are not using it for a traditional CS1 (i.e., introductory course for students entering the CS major), but for a CS0.5 or a non-majors course. But I don’t think that the publishers have a category for that. So those CS1 numbers might be inflated, covering these other cases as well.
This is clearly the report that Eric Roberts was referencing in his recent (very popular) guest post (over 20K page views!):
For the third year computer science enrollments have increased, ending the precipitous decline in enrollments that followed the bursting of the dot-com bubble in 2000-2001.
When that speculative bubble burst, the subsequent shakeout and unemployment in the tech industry sent enrollments plummeting, raised concerns that the U.S. competitiveness would suffer in the long-run. Enrollments are arching up, but are still well below the peak reached nearly 10 years ago.
The Computer Research Association (CRA), which tracks enrollments and graduation rates for computer science students, says enrollments in computer science programs were up last fall by 10%.