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Title:Recruitment, Preparation, Retention: A case study of computing culture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Author(s):Crenshaw, Tanya L.; Chambers, Erin Wolf; Metcalf, Heather E.; Thakkar, Umesh
Subject(s):computer science
Abstract:Computer science is seeing a decline in enrollment at all levels of education, including undergraduate and graduate study. This paper reports on the results of a study conducted at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign which evaluated students attitudes regarding three areas which can contribute to improved enrollment in the Department of Computer Science: Recruitment, preparation and retention. The results of our study saw two themes. First, the department's tight research focus appears to draw significant attention from other activities -- such as teaching, service, and other community-building activities -- that are necessary for a department's excellence. Yet, as demonstrated by our second theme, one partial solution is to better promote such activities already employed by the department to its students and faculty. Based on our results, we make recommendations for improvements and enhancements based on the current state of practice at peer institutions.
Issue Date:2007-01
Genre:Technical Report
Type:Text
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/11290
Other Identifier(s):UIUCDCS-R-2007-2811
Rights Information:You are granted permission for the non-commercial reproduction, distribution, display, and performance of this technical report in any format, BUT this permission is only for a period of 45 (forty-five) days from the most recent time that you verified that this technical report is still available from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Computer Science Department under terms that include this permission. All other rights are reserved by the author(s).
Date Available in IDEALS:2009-04-21


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