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CPATH-CB: Computational Thinking Showcase: Computing Concepts Across the Curriculum

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CPATH-CB: Computational Thinking Showcase:
Computing Concepts Across the Curriculum
Abstract: In order to revitalize undergraduate education in computer science and address the need for
an increase in undergraduate majors, we propose a novel three-fold approach. First, we create a
community of college professors, high school teachers, and an industrial partner to plan and implement
an exciting first exposure to computer science. Second, we introduce Interactive Learning Modules as a
vehicle for bringing innovation to the classroom. Third, we foster the use of collaboration-based
experiences throughout the computer science curriculum.
Vision, Goals, Objectives, and Outcomes
Problem Statement
1. There is a need for more computer science graduates.
There is a shortage of CS graduates. Of the top ten fastest growing professions, five are computer
related [1]. Interest in CS fell by 80% between 1998 and 2004, and has dropped 93% since the 1982
peak of CS majors nationwide [2]. The dwindling interest in computing programs is even more severe for
women. Consider graduation rates for women. Unlike many fields where the representation of women
has increased over time, computer science has experienced declines in the proportion of female
graduates. In order to match future demands for information technology, we need to increase the
participation of both men and women. Increasing diversity enhances the breadth of understanding in
leadership positions, gives a different perspective in the marketplace, increases creativity, and improves


Source: Allan, Vicki H. - Department of Computer Science, Utah State University


Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences