ACM and IEEE-CS Release Computing Curricula 2020

March 25, 2021

ACM and the IEEE Computer Society have issued Computing Curricula 2020 (CC2020): Paradigms for Global Computing Education. Developed by a 50-member task force drawn from 20 countries, CC2020 outlines international recommendations for baccalaureate degrees in computing.

Designed to be comprehensive, CC2020 delineates the latest curricula for computing disciplines including computer engineering, computer science, information systems, information technology, and software engineering. CC2020 builds upon a CC2005 report by including new disciplines such as cybersecurity and data science, as well as other significant “add-ons” to reflect the changing dynamics of computing, computing education research, and the workplace. These additions include:

  • Transitioning from knowledge-based learning to competency-based learning
  • Expanding curricular and competency diagrams and visualizations
  • Establishing an interactive website that will bring CC2020 results to public use
  • Charting a framework for future curricular activities

CC2020 also contains special features geared toward making the report accessible to a broad audience. For example, the report includes visualization tools and diagrams that show the similarities and differences between two computing disciplines for prospective students, as well as other visuals that provide a broad set of perspectives on the computing discipline. In addition, the CC2020 Task Force hopes that an accompanying interactive website will foster a useful exchange of ideas that will benefit stakeholders throughout the world.

Read the ACM news release.