Our production of CS degrees has gone through a couple of boom-and-bust cycles, and we’re currently well into a third boom. Meanwhile, the percentage of women in CS peaked at its all-time high in our first boom and has declined with each bust since then.
As I outline here, we have a shortage of people in computer science in general, and especially a shortage of women and minorities. People usually break the shortages down into two parts: pipeline (getting people to enter the field) and retention (getting them to stay). CS has problems with both parts. There are many factors… Continue reading Thoughts on the Pipeline