The computer science department offers students some of the most important skills they will need in the modern job market, regardless of whether they decide pursue a degree in the field.
Yet the department is being choked by the College of Arts and Sciences for funding. How’s that for a hook?
This semester, introductory computer science courses were stuffed with students. Fall 2014 has seen 673 enrollments across four introductory courses and 3,067 total seats in computer science courses, the highest total in at least five semesters. Maintaining these seats required 25 graduate teaching assistants and 30 undergraduate teaching assistants.
Next semester, the department is looking forward to only 1,910 seats (as of Nov. 8), the lowest tally in five semesters. It will employ 15 graduate teaching assistants and no undergraduates.
Excluding classes of five seats or fewer, computer science had the highest average class size of any natural science except biology in fall 2014, with an average of 67 students per class. This reflects both the demand for computer science courses and the degree to which the department’s resources are being cut.