COMPUTING TALENT INITIATIVE
Capacity. Quality. Diversity.
A vision for addressing capacity, quality, and diversity in California’s CS higher ed pipeline.
Challenges in the Computer Science higher education pipeline
Enrollment in CS programs is up, which is a good thing. However, the capacity in higher ed to service these students has not been able to keep pace with demand. This is particularly true in terms of acquiring teaching talent. In programs that are stretched too thin, quality suffers and/or admissions limits are imposed.
Community colleges and regional public universities are disproportionally impacted by limited resources, a lack of teaching talent, and a minimal connection with industry, which often results in fewer opportunities for graduates from these schools to be sufficiently prepared to be competitive for the tech industry.
A significantly higher percentage of first generation, low income, and URM students go to community colleges and regional public universities. And, because capacity and quality challenges are more prominent there, these students frequently don’t have a clear path through a CS program and into industry.
Where does the vision for CTI come from?
Cal State Monterey Bay and Hartnell College have worked together for 10 years to address some of the challenges facing CS higher ed at a local level. At the crux of this work is the development of a cohort-based bachelor’s degree model that has resulted in significant increases in community college to university transfer, graduation, and job placement rates, particularly with first-generation, URM, and female students.
The vision and design for CTI comes directly out of the experiences and lessons learned from implementing the cohort programs. The CTI Hub will unbundle and modify the CSUMB/Hartnell efforts wherever possible so that they can be offered at scale to CS higher ed students throughout California. CTI Labs will enable targeted interventions at other California Community Colleges, CSUs, and UCs.