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Survey of Undergraduates, Interest in Computer Science Education

  • ID: 4587261
  • Report
  • July 2018
  • Region: Global
  • 62 pages
  • Primary Research Group
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This seminal 62-page study presents detailed data from a survey of 1,566 undergraduates at BA-level, MA-level and research universities in the United States.  The report presents details on the interest level of undergraduates in going to graduate school in computer science, and in taking computer science courses on the undergraduate level.  In addition, the report queries undergraduates on their views of the likelihood that they will need in their future work or study the kinds of skills acquired in computer science classes.  Survey participants also list the areas of computer science, and the specific graduate programs, that interest them most.

The extensive data In the report is broken out by 18 variables including age, gender, academic major or intended major, income level, sexual orientation, race & ethnicity, college grades, ACT/SAT scores, level of personal religiosity, regional origins, public/private college status, and many other variables.

Just a few of the report’s many findings are that:

  • Twenty-two-year old survey participants had the highest population of “fence sitters” in the sample broken out by age, as more than 13% said that they might possibly apply to computer science graduate school at some time in the future.
  • By an approximate 3:2 ratio interest in computer science graduate school was greater from public than private college students in the sample.
  • 30% of those sampled were either somewhat interested, interested, very interested in taking computer science classes while undergraduates or already were computer science majors.
  • Also, far more than for other fields, computer science attracted students who already had a full time job.
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THE QUESTIONNAIRE   
Characteristics of the Sample   

SUMMARY OF MAIN FINDINGS   
Likelihood of Attending Computer Science Graduate School   
Likelihood of Attending Computer Science Graduate School: by Age of Survey Participant   
Likelihood of Attending Computer Science Graduate School: by Regional Origins of Survey Participant   
Likelihood of Attending Computer Science Graduate School: by Year of Class Standing of Survey Participant   
Likelihood of Attending Computer Science Graduate School: by Income Level of Family of Origin of Survey Participant   
Likelihood of Attending Computer Science Graduate School: by College Grades of Survey Participant   
Likelihood of Attending Computer Science Graduate School: by Gender of Survey Participant   
Likelihood of Attending Computer Science Graduate School: by Race or Ethnic Background of Survey Participant   
Overall Level of Interest in Taking Computer Science Courses on the Undergraduate Level   
Interest in Taking Computer Science Courses on the Undergraduate Level: by Age of the Survey Participant   
Interest in Taking Computer Science Courses on the Undergraduate Level: by Population Intensity of the Region of the Survey Participant   
Interest in Taking Computer Science Courses on the Undergraduate Level: by Regional Origins, Income Level, Academic Major, and Gender of the Survey Participant   
Interest in Taking Computer Science Courses on the Undergraduate Level: by Sexual Orientation, SAT/ACT scores, and Racial/Ethnic Affiliation of the Survey Participant   
Interest in Taking Computer Science Courses on the Undergraduate Level: by Level of Certainty over Future Career and Study Intentions of the Survey Participant   
Student Opinion of How Likely it Will be that at Some Point in the Future They Will Need Skills Developed in Computer Science Courses   
Subject Areas and Graduate Programs in Computer Science that Most Interest Students   

List of Tables
Table 1.1 How likely are you to apply to a graduate program in computer science at some point in the future?   
Table 1.2 How likely are you to apply to a graduate program in computer science at some point in the future? Broken out by age of survey participant   
Table 1.3 How likely are you to apply to a graduate program in computer science at some point in the future? Broken out for survey participants from rural, suburban and urban areas of origin   
Table 1.4 How likely are you to apply to a graduate program in computer science at some point in the future? Broken out regional origins of the survey participant   
Table 1.5 How likely are you to apply to a graduate program in computer science at some point in the future? Broken out by college year class standing   
Table 1.6 How likely are you to apply to a graduate program in computer science at some point in the future? Broken out by approximate student family annual income   
Table 1.7 How likely are you to apply to a graduate program in computer science at some point in the future? Broken out by degree of religiosity of the survey participant   
Table 1.8 How likely are you to apply to a graduate program in computer science at some point in the future? Broken out by type of political beliefs of the survey participant   
Table 1.9 How likely are you to apply to a graduate program in computer science at some point in the future? Broken out by college grades of the survey participant   
Table 1.10 How likely are you to apply to a graduate program in computer science at some point in the future? Broken out by current or likely college major of the survey participant   
Table 1.11 How likely are you to apply to a graduate program in computer science at some point in the future? Broken out by gender of the survey participant   
Table 1.12 How likely are you to apply to a graduate program in computer science at some point in the future? Broken out for students in public or private colleges   
Table 1.13 How likely are you to apply to a graduate program in computer science at some point in the future? Broken out by type of domestic housing arrangement of the survey participant   
Table 1.14 How likely are you to apply to a graduate program in computer science at some point in the future? Broken out by employment circumstance of the survey participant   
Table 1.15 How likely are you to apply to a graduate program in computer science at some point in the future? Broken out by sexual orientation of the survey participant   
Table 1.16 How likely are you to apply to a graduate program in computer science at some point in the future? Broken out by ACT or SAT scores of the survey participant   
Table 1.17 How likely are you to apply to a graduate program in computer science at some point in the future? Broken out by racial or ethnic identity of the survey participant   
Table 1.18 How likely are you to apply to a graduate program in computer science at some point in the future? Broken out by expected accumulated student debt at undergraduate graduation   
Table 1.19 How likely are you to apply to a graduate program in computer science at some point in the future? Broken out by level of personal certainty about post-college education or work plans   
Table 2.1 How interested are you in taking courses in computer science at the undergraduate level?   
Table 2.2 How interested are you in taking courses in computer science at the undergraduate level? Broken out by age of survey participant   
Table 2.3 How interested are you in taking courses in computer science at the undergraduate level? Broken out for survey participants from rural, suburban and urban areas of origin   
Table 2.4 How interested are you in taking courses in computer science at the undergraduate level? Broken out regional origins of the survey participant   
Table 2.5 How interested are you in taking courses in computer science at the undergraduate level? Broken out by college year class standing   
Table 2.6 How interested are you in taking courses in computer science at the undergraduate level? Broken out by approximate student family annual income   
Table 2.7 How interested are you in taking courses in computer science at the undergraduate level? Broken out by degree of religiosity of the survey participant   
Table 2.8 How interested are you in taking courses in computer science at the undergraduate level? Broken out by type of political beliefs of the survey participant   
Table 2.9 How interested are you in taking courses in computer science at the undergraduate level? Broken out by college grades of the survey participant   
Table 2.10 How interested are you in taking courses in computer science at the undergraduate level? Broken out by current or likely college major of the survey participant   
Table 2.11 How interested are you in taking courses in computer science at the undergraduate level? Broken out by gender of the survey participant   
Table 2.12 How interested are you in taking courses in computer science at the undergraduate level? Broken out for students in public or private colleges   
Table 2.13 How interested are you in taking courses in computer science at the undergraduate level? Broken out by type of domestic housing arrangement of the survey participant   
Table 2.14 How interested are you in taking courses in computer science at the undergraduate level? Broken out by employment circumstance of the survey participant   
Table 2.15 How interested are you in taking courses in computer science at the undergraduate level? Broken out by sexual orientation of the survey participant   
Table 2.16 How interested are you in taking courses in computer science at the undergraduate level? Broken out by ACT or SAT scores of the survey participant   
Table 2.17 How interested are you in taking courses in computer science at the undergraduate level? Broken out by racial or ethnic identity of the survey participant   
Table 2.18 How interested are you in taking courses in computer science at the undergraduate level? Broken out by expected accumulated student debt at undergraduate graduation   
Table 2.19 How interested are you in taking courses in computer science at the undergraduate level? Broken out by level of personal certainty about post-college education or work plans   
Table 3.1 How likely do you think it will be that at some point in the future you will really need the kinds of skills developed in computer science classes?   
Table 3.2 How likely do you think it will be that at some point in the future you will really need the kinds of skills developed in computer science classes? Broken out by age of survey participant   
Table 3.3 How likely do you think it will be that at some point in the future you will really need the kinds of skills developed in computer science classes? Broken out for survey participants from rural, suburban and urban areas of origin   
Table 3.4 How likely do you think it will be that at some point in the future you will really need the kinds of skills developed in computer science classes? Broken out regional origins of the survey participant   
Table 3.5 How likely do you think it will be that at some point in the future you will really need the kinds of skills developed in computer science classes? Broken out by college year class standing   
Table 3.6 How likely do you think it will be that at some point in the future you will really need the kinds of skills developed in computer science classes? Broken out by approximate student family annual income   
Table 3.7 How likely do you think it will be that at some point in the future you will really need the kinds of skills developed in computer science classes? Broken out by degree of religiosity of the survey participant   
Table 3.8 How likely do you think it will be that at some point in the future you will really need the kinds of skills developed in computer science classes? Broken out by type of political beliefs of the survey participant   
Table 3.9 How likely do you think it will be that at some point in the future you will really need the kinds of skills developed in computer science classes? Broken out by college grades of the survey participant   
Table 3.10 How likely do you think it will be that at some point in the future you will really need the kinds of skills developed in computer science classes? Broken out by current or likely college major of the survey participant   
Table 3.11 How likely do you think it will be that at some point in the future you will really need the kinds of skills developed in computer science classes? Broken out by gender of the survey participant   
Table 3.12 How likely do you think it will be that at some point in the future you will really need the kinds of skills developed in computer science classes? Broken out for students in public or private colleges   
Table 3.13 How likely do you think it will be that at some point in the future you will really need the kinds of skills developed in computer science classes? Broken out by type of domestic housing arrangement of the survey participant   
Table 3.14 How likely do you think it will be that at some point in the future you will really need the kinds of skills developed in computer science classes? Broken out by employment circumstance of the survey participant   
Table 3.15 How likely do you think it will be that at some point in the future you will really need the kinds of skills developed in computer science classes? Broken out by sexual orientation of the survey participant   
Table 3.16 How likely do you think it will be that at some point in the future you will really need the kinds of skills developed in computer science classes? Broken out by ACT or SAT scores of the survey participant   
Table 3.17 How likely do you think it will be that at some point in the future you will really need the kinds of skills developed in computer science classes? Broken out by racial or ethnic identity of the survey participant   
Table 3.18 How likely do you think it will be that at some point in the future you will really need the kinds of skills developed in computer science classes? Broken out by expected accumulated student debt at undergraduate graduation   
Table 3.19 How likely do you think it will be that at some point in the future you will really need the kinds of skills developed in computer science classes? Broken out by level of personal certainty about post-college education or work plans   
If you are interested in graduate study in computer science which programs interest you most? Skip this question if you have no interest in this field. Broken out by ACT or SAT scores of the survey participant

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