Why Community Colleges are Important for Broadening Participation in Computing
At our ECEP meeting after the NCWIT summit earlier this summer, Cheryl Kiras presented some data on community college enrollment that was really eye-opening for me.
This is from a fact sheet American Association of Community Colleges (available here). This is describing the percentage of all undergraduates in a group that are enrolled in community colleges. 56% of all Hispanic undergraduates were enrolled in community colleges in Fall 2012. 48% of all Black students, and 59% of all Native American students. Wow — that really supports the argument that if we want to broadening participation in University level computing, we need to improve the transfer and recruitment paths from Community Colleges into Universities. We can make it better at the University (and we should), but that’s only reaching half the students.