CS2013 Strawman Curriculum Standard now available

February 20, 2012 at 8:12 am 5 comments

Dear colleagues,

We are delighted to announce the availability of the ACM/IEEE-CS Computer
Science Curricula 2013 – Strawman draft.
The draft is available at the CS2013 website (http://cs2013.org) or directly

Continuing a process that began over 40 years ago with the publication of
“Curriculum 68”, the major professional societies in computing–ACM and
IEEE-Computer Society–have sponsored efforts to establish international
curricular guidelines for undergraduate programs in computing on roughly a
10-year cycle. This volume, Computer Science Curricula 2013 (CS2013),
represents a comprehensive revision of previous computer science curricular
guidelines, redefining the knowledge units in CS and rethinking the
essentials necessary for a Computer Science curriculum.

The CS2013 Steering Committee welcomes comment on the CS2013 Strawman draft
from the computing community. The comment period will begin shortly
(additional information on how to provide comments will be sent out in a few
days) and remain open until July 15, 2012. Comments on the Strawman draft
will be addressed in future drafts of CS2013.

A panel session at SIGCSE-12 will provide a brief overview of CS2013 and
provide the opportunity for in-person feedback from the community on the
Strawman draft. The panel session is scheduled for Thursday, March 1, 2012
at 10:45am-12noon in Room 301AB.

Warm regards,
Mehran Sahami and Steve Roach
Co-Chairs, CS2013 Steering Committee

CS2013 Steering Committee

ACM Delegation
Mehran Sahami, Chair (Stanford University)
Andrea Danyluk (Williams College)
Sally Fincher (University of Kent)
Kathleen Fisher (Tufts University)
Dan Grossman (University of Washington)
Beth Hawthorne (Union County College)
Randy Katz (UC Berkeley)
Rich LeBlanc (Seattle University)
Dave Reed (Creighton University)

IEEE-CS Delegation
Steve Roach, Chair (Univ. of Texas, El Paso)
Ernesto Cuadros-Vargas (Univ. Catolica San Pablo, Peru)
Ronald Dodge (US Military Academy)
Robert France (Colorado State University)
Amruth Kumar (Ramapo Coll. of New Jersey)
Brian Robinson (ABB Corporation)
Remzi Seker (Univ. of Arkansas, Little Rock)
Alfred Thompson (Microsoft)

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Barbara Boucher Owens  |  February 20, 2012 at 8:23 am

    Not one woman on the IEEE side! Shameful.

    • 2. Mehran Sahami  |  February 27, 2012 at 9:46 pm

      Thanks Barbara. I can appreciate your point. To provide a little more background, the whole committee works together without distinction for who comes from the ACM or IEEE side. So we view it as 4 women on a 17 person committee. Of course, in absolute terms, that still not a strong percentage of women. On a relative basis, considering the number of women CS academics, it’s above average. Still, I agree that it’s sad that having 24% women on a committee is considered “above average” representation in our field. Indeed, part of the hope of CS2013 is that we can cast a broader net in promoting interest in CS, thereby helping to increase diversity in the field as well.

  • 3. Ken Bauer  |  February 20, 2012 at 11:42 am

    Looks like we “slashdotted” the site, I can’t get it to load at all. I’m looking forward to reviewing this.

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