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Title: Analyzing Increasing Enrollments and Diversity in Princeton Computer Science
Authors: Hammel, Melana
Advisors: Martonosi, Margaret
Department: Computer Science
Class Year: 2018
Abstract: Computer science university enrollments are increasing, but resources to handle the rising numbers are limited. Additionally, computer science's lack of diversity and inclusion continues to present problems. Colleges and universities can play a critical role in handling increasing enrollments and improving diversity. We sought to discover how the Department of Computer Science at Princeton University is handling increasing enrollments and what impact they have on its culture and diversity, as well as how the culture of the department affects students' behavior, beliefs, and actions. This thesis analyzes computer science course evaluations and surveys of upperclassmen computer science majors. We found that increasing enrollments are affecting all students, evidenced by declining course ratings. Female students also have different experiences in computer science at Princeton than male students, shown by differences in confidence, class participation, and sense of belonging. To address these issues, we conclude with policy recommendations for the Department.
Type of Material: Princeton University Senior Theses
Language: en
Appears in Collections:Computer Science, 1988-2020

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