Exploring computing science programs' admission procedures with a diversity and inclusion lens

Ouldooz Baghban Karimi, Giulia Toti, Mirela Gutica, Rebecca Robinson, Lisa Zhang, James H. Paterson, Peggy Lindner, Michael O'Dea

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Computing science education has experienced low attendance and historic declines in registration from different minority groups. The past decade of enrollment surge in computer science undergraduate programs has increased the number of women and minorities in the field, but the improvements are inconsistent and less than expected. An increase in the use of computing science and in the demand of technology workforce is expected in the upcoming years. Thus, computing science is set to shape the future of technology for a diverse set of technology users. Therefore, it is important to analyze how undergraduate program admission procedures are affecting Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion of historically marginalized groups in computing science. Critical thinking, analytical skills, and problem-solving are considered some of the foundational skills for success in computing science. These qualities are often assessed throughout a student's academic career through grades. Additional factors such as leadership, motivation, intention, prior exposure, and community involvement are also sometimes considered while evaluating candidates in admission procedures. We will explore the factors assessed by different institutions when deciding to admit a student in computing science undergraduate programs and evaluate possible effects of such admissions procedures on diversity and inclusion. We aim to identify student success indicators and recommend equitable processes on the basis of our findings.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2023 Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education
EditorsLecia Barker
Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)9798400701399
Publication statusPublished - 2023
EventAnnual Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education 2023 - Turku, Finland
Duration: 8 Jul 202312 Jul 2023
Conference number: 28th
https://dl.acm.org/doi/proceedings/10.1145/3587103 (Proceedings (Volume 2))
https://iticse.acm.org/2023/ (Website)
https://dl.acm.org/doi/proceedings/10.1145/3587102 (Proceedings (Volume 1))

Publication series

NameAnnual Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education, ITiCSE
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
ISSN (Print)1942-647X


ConferenceAnnual Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education 2023
Abbreviated titleITiCSE 2023
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  • admissions
  • computer science
  • diversity
  • education equity
  • inclusion
  • undergraduate admissions

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