University CS graduation surpasses its 2003 peak, with poor diversity
Code.org just blogged that we have set a record in the number of BS in CS graduates.
University CS graduates have set a new record, finally surpassing the number of degrees earned 14 years ago.With a 15% increase in computer science graduates (49,291 bachelor’s degrees), 2015 had the largest number of CS graduates EVER! The previous high point was over a decade ago, in 2003.
But look at the female numbers there — they are less than what they were in 2003. We are graduating 2/3 as many women today as in 2003. (Thanks to Bobby Schnabel for pointing this out.) We have lost ground.
My most recent Blog@CACM is on the new CRA “Generation CS” report, and about the impacts the rise in enrollment are having on diversity. One of the positive messages in this report is that departments that have worked to improve their diversity have been successful. As a national statistic, this doesn’t feel like a celebration when CS is becoming less diverse in just 12 years.