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NSF Interactive Discussion: Computer Science Undergraduate Education in 2026 and Beyond

March 11, 2020 8:30 AM  to 
March 11, 2020 12:00 PM
Portland, OR

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By 2026, today's sixth graders will be entering college and our first-year college students will be the assistant professors. The workforce will see (r)evolutionary changes in the workplace at the human]technology frontier. Participants will be asked to think strategically about how we will reach the future we want to live. Content delivery mechanisms and active learning/project-based experiences for undergraduate students have developed and matured at a dramatic pace in recent years. How can we leverage what we already know, working to improve and broaden undergraduate STEM education and computing education in particular? How do we prepare students to solve the wicked societal problems of the future? Will students require problem-solving skills that transcend disciplines? Is interdisciplinarity teachable at the undergraduate computer science level? Which skills/knowledge will employers and graduate schools require in 10/20 years? The National Science Foundation Division of Undergraduate Education is preparing to have a nationwide dialogue with STEM communities and industry partners on this topic. Participants in this highly interactive session will collectively construct a shared vision for the future of computing sciences education, and outline a research agenda for the future. You are invited to register here for the session:

If you could redesign STEM higher education in general and undergraduate computing sciences education specifically, what would you do differently? Join your colleagues and NSF for a highly interactive session in which participants are presented with a problematic scenario and collaborate to construct the future of computing sciences education. Participants will identify the structures, knowledge, skills and experiences, networks and relationships that are essential to achieving the well-prepared and innovative science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce that is crucial to the Nation's prosperity and security. Collectively the group will create a vision of what we hope undergraduate computing education will look like in 2026 or 2050.  Ideas gathered in this workshop will inform a nationwide dialogue that that the National Science Foundation Division of Undergraduate Education is preparing to have the STEM communities and industry partners on this topic.  Participants in previous versions of the workshop appreciated the new perspectives gained through their dialogue with colleagues.

This session will be held as a Pre-Symposium event at the SIGCSE Computer Science Education conference in Portland, Oregon

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John Butler, (703) 292-7768, email:
John Jackman, (703) 292-4816, email:
Pushpa Ramakrishna, (703) 292-2943, email:

Related Agencies
Special Interest Group in Computer Science Education

NSF Related Organizations
Division of Undergraduate Education