Here's a bunch of "sky is falling" type articles on the problems CS faculties are having these days. Most are 6-12 months old, but as far as I can tell, the problem persists and is worsening:
- Declining computer-science enrollments should worry anyone interested in the future of the U.S. IT industry by Eric Chabrow.
- Students saying no to computer science by Ed Frauenheim
- Computer Science Slump: College Enrollments in the Field Decline Nationwide by Allan Hoffman
- Brutal article on declining computer science enrollments points to a NYT article.
- Programming doesn't begin to define computer science by Jim Morris (more hopeful & upbeat, at least)
A couple of years ago, when the trend started, CS faculty were happy that the crush of more opportunistic applicants had subsided and that the reduced numbers were students that "really wanted to be in CS." Now, you have to wonder what that core number is, of students that really want to be in computer science. Is it only the hard core techies that still go into CS? Also, what fields are these former CS-bound students going into? Math, physics, biology, business department sponsored IT programs, chemistry, college-level programs on really specific techologies like internet or game programming, certificate programs like the MCSE. Will this trend lead to big shortages in a few years, which will in turn exacerbate the offshoring that everyone is so nervous about?