Web Design School and Computer Science Enrollments are Up

We often report on the high-demand for web designers in the current era; paying particular attention to how schools are really pushing the boundaries of education when keeping up with a new type of industry that is ever-changing and fast-paced. Earlier this week, a publisher of all things computer-related announced statistical findings proving that web design schools and other computer science education establishments are enjoying more popularity than ever.

Computerworld – Interest in computer science continues to grow among undergrad students, who pushed enrollments up nearly 10% in the 2011-12 academic year. This marks the fourth straight year of increases.

The numbers might have been even higher if not for enrollment caps that some schools have put in place because they don’t have enough faculty members, equipment or classrooms to meet demand, according to the Computing Research Association (CRA), which conducts the annual Taulbee survey.

“We don’t have a way to gauge — at least in the current survey — how many students wanted to be admitted,” said Peter Harsha, the CRA’s director of government affairs. The association reported a 10% enrollment gain last year as well.

The steady gain in enrollments is a turnabout from what happened after the tech bubble burst in 2001.

As dot-com fever built, so did enrollments in computer science programs at Ph.D.-granting institutions, which are the only schools the CRA surveys. Each school had a department with an average enrollment of about 400 students at the height of the bubble; by 2006-07, that enrollment average had declined to about 200.

Average enrollments per department are now nearing 300, according to the survey.

There are 267 Ph.D.-granting institutions, and nearly 70% of those schools responded to the CRA’s survey this year. The National Science Foundation does a broader study on technology enrollments and graduation rates, but there’s a two-year lag before its results are released. The trends noted in the Taulbee study have generally been consistent with the NSF’s findings, according to the CRA.

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