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Author Chambers, Erin Wolf ♦ Crenshaw, Tanya L. ♦ Metcalf, Heather
Source ACM Digital Library
Content type Text
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
File Format PDF
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Computer science, information & general works ♦ Computer programming, programs & data
Subject Keyword Advising ♦ Diversity ♦ Graduate ♦ Mentoring ♦ Retention ♦ Undergraduate
Abstract Computer science is seeing a decline in enrollment at all levels of education. One key strategy for reversing this decline is to improve methods of student retention. This paper, based on a 10-month case study at the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, examines two aspects of student retention at both the graduate and undergraduate levels: community identity and community relationships. Our data shows that students feel isolated from each other, faculty, and members of the greater computer science community. Given our findings, we highlight existing programs and propose new programs which improve student-community interactions. While the lessons learned might not apply at every institution, they constitute a valuable case study for improving conditions for students at large research universities.
Description Affiliation: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, USA (Crenshaw, Tanya L.; Chambers, Erin Wolf) || University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, USA (Metcalf, Heather)
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 1978-02-01
Publisher Place New York
Journal ACM SIGCSE Bulletin (SGCS)
Volume Number 40
Issue Number 1
Page Count 5
Starting Page 412
Ending Page 416


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Source: ACM Digital Library