Education Policy Committee
The ACM Education Policy Committee is a high-level committee of acclaimed computer scientists and educators dedicated to improving opportunities for quality education in computer science and computing-related fields. The Education Policy Committee develops initiatives aimed at shaping education policies that impact the computing field. A primary goal of the EPC is to ensure that computer science education is recognized in educational initiatives at all levels of the educational pipeline.
The Education Policy Committee will engage educators, industry, policymakers, and the public on public policy issues in computer science and computing-related education. It will focus on steps to ensure that high-quality computer science education is identified as a critical component of education policy. The Education Policy Committee will:
- Review, research and gather data and information on issues that impact computer science and computing-related education in primary, secondary, and higher education systems
- Determine if current education policies and the education systems generally are adequately serving the computing field and recommend improvements
- Comment on proposals before governmental bodies that impact computer science education and the computing field
- Educate policymakers and the public on the foundational role and importance of computer science education, its importance as a core discipline within science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, and its importance to the labor market and the economy
- Provide expertise on key computer science education policy issues to education, industry, and policy leaders
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- Jeffrey Forbes, Duke University (Chair)
- Joanna Goode, University of Oregon
- Susanne Hambrusch, Purdue University
- Elizabeth Hawthorne, Union County College
- J Strother Moore, University of Texas
- Mark Nelson, Computer Science Teachers Association
- Kelly Powers, Education Development Center
- Susan Rodger, Duke University
- Deborah Seehorn, Computer Science Teachers Association
- Chris Stephenson, Google
- Mark Stehlik, Carnegie Mellon University (Senior Adviser)
- Stuart Shapiro, ACM U.S. Public Policy Council Chair (ex officio)
- Fabrizio Gagliardi, ACM Europe Policy Committee Chair (ex officio)
- Robert B. Schnabel, ACM CEO (ex officio)
ACM is sponsoring a new three-year initiative by the National Academies of Sciences on data science postsecondary education. A series of roundtable discussions will bring together representatives from academia, industry, funding agencies, and professional societies to explore the transformative impacts of data, the needs of the diverse data science communities, the implications for employers, and ways to define and strengthen postsecondary education programs and opportunities for students.
A new policy white paper by EUACM, "Advancing Cybersecurity Research and Education in Europe: Major Drivers of Growth in the Digital Landscape," explores the important role of cybersecurity research and education in enhancing cybersecurity, and provides an overview of emerging trends and challenges, including new privacy and security concerns.
On February 14, the ACM Joint Task Force on Cybersecurity Education received public policy attention at a congressional hearing on “Strengthening US Cybersecurity Capabilities.” The hearing before the House Science, Space, and Technology Subcommittee on Research and Technology aimed to review and discuss cybersecurity policy recommendations provided by recent reports. In her testimony, Joint Task Force Co-Chair Diana Burley strongly urged the federal government to leverage the efforts of the ACM Joint Task Force, namely the CSEC2017 curriculum guidance.