Diversity, Retention Rates, and Undergraduate Computer Science

A new report released by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) uses data to examine and understand retention in U.S. undergraduate CS programs.¬† Although the report, Retention in Computer Science Undergraduate Programs in the U.S: Data Challenges and Promising Interventions,¬†reveals that significantly better data is needed to draw any broad conclusions, it offers¬† a number of recommendations regarding data collection, successful interventions, and future research based on case studies from specific institutions and successfully-implemented interventions. Recommendations include: Instructors of introductory courses need to be involved in data collection. Data should be evaluated in different contexts, using different denominators to determine…