For the first time since the .com bust Computer Science degree programs are experiencing growth in student enrollment. In 2002, CS departments across the US saw dramatic reductions in majors, sometimes as great as 70 – 80 percent. The 2007-2008 school year saw an eight percent increase in CS majors. This increase indicates a change in student perception regarding the chance of getting good-paying jobs in the technology industry. This is good news for tech companies who have been concerned about the shortage of computer science graduates from US schools. The increase in CS majors may be the result of the increasing popularity of technologies like the iPhone, Facebook, and YouTube. President Obama’s emphasis on technology in the economic stimulus package may also help to boost confidence in the industry.
Computer and Engineering Enrollment Up [NewsFactor]
Computer Science Programs Make a Comeback in Enrollment [NYTimes]