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Providing Equitable Access to Computing Education

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A seat in a computer science classroom is one of the hottest tickets on American campuses today. Undergraduate enrollment in computer science is at an all-time high, and many of the students in those classes (even beyond the introductory level) are non-CS majors. This surge is so large and unprecedented that the U.S. National Academy of Science wrote a report to document the surge and suggest strategies for managing the growth.a

Interest in learning computer science extends into primary and secondary schools as well. Several countries have national efforts to provide CS education to every student in every school. Among the 50 U.S. states, 36 have statewide policies promoting CS education. We are struggling to deal with all this interest, but it is a good problem to have. We have something that everyone wants. The problem is who is getting it.


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