Upward mobility for underrepresented students: A model for a cohort-based Bachelor's degree in computer science

Sathya Narayanan, Kathryn Cunningham, Sonia Arteaga, William J. Welch, Leslie Maxwell, Zechariah Chawinga, Bude Su

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Abstract

CSin3 is a cohort-based, three-year computer science bachelor's degree program that has increased graduation rates of traditionally underrepresented computer science students. A collaborative effort between a community college and a public university, CSin3 provides a clear pathway for upward socio-economic mobility into the highpaying technology industry. CSin3 students are 90% from traditionally underrepresented groups, 80% first-generation, Apple, Salesforce, and Uber. By implementing a cohort-based learning community, a pre-defined course pathway, just-intime academic and administrative support, comprehensive financial aid, and a focus on 21st century skills, the CSin3 program has demonstrated promising results in addressing the capacity, cost, quality, and diversity challenges present in the technology industry.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages72-78
Number of pages7
Volume9
No2
Specialist publicationACM Inroads
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2018
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Education

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