interim report from ACM and the WGBH Educational Foundation confirms a
significant gender gap among college-bound students in their opinions
of computing as a possible college major or career. Funded by the
National Science Foundation, the report covers the first phase of the
New Image for Computing (NIC) initiative which seeks to answer why
interest in studying computer science in U.S. colleges and pursuing
computer-related careers is declining.
research found that 74 percent of boys – regardless of race or
ethnicity – reported that a college major in computer science was a
“very good” or “good” choice for them, but only 10 percent of girls
rated it as “very good” and 22 percent rated it “good.”
gender gap extended to computer science as a potential career choice as
well as a field of study. From a selection of 15 possible careers,
computer science came in fourth among the respondents with 46 percent
rating it “very good” or “good.” However, while 67 percent of all boys
rated computer science highly as a career choice, only nine percent of
girls rated it “very good” and 17 percent rated it “good.”
View the full report in .pdf format.
Read the ACM Press Release.