A comprehensive survey on the status of social and professional issues in United States undergraduate computer science programs and recommendations

Carol Spradling, Leen Kiat Soh, Charles J. Ansorge

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A national web-based survey was administered to 700 undergraduate computer science (CS) programs in the United States as part of a stratified random sample of 797 undergraduate CS programs. The 251 program responses (36% response rate) regarding social and professional issues are presented. This article describes the demographics of the respondents, presents results concerning whether programs teach social and professional issues, how social and professional issues are integrated, perceptions of CS faculty regarding the importance of social and professional issues, pedagogies used to teach social and professional issues, and what specific social and professional topics have been included in the CS curriculum. Additionally, we (a) provide suggestions for CS programs regarding the integration of social and professional issues into the CS curriculum, (b) suggest ways to encourage more social and professional coverage in CS programs, pedagogy, and (c) recommend what social and professional topics should be included in future CS curriculum reports.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)137-153
Number of pages17
JournalComputer Science Education
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2009



  • Computer science education
  • Curriculum
  • Social and professional issues
  • Survey

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Education

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