Improving undergraduate student performance in computer science at historically black colleges and Universities (HBCUs) through industry partnerships

Conference Paper

While computer science (CS) continues to permeate every aspect of society, the number of high-school students that are adequately prepared to enroll in university computer science programs is declining. To address the nation's needs it is clear that the retention rates of underrepresented minorities in CS programs across the country must increase, including the instruction and retention of students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). At the university, a multi-phased program was developed that first partnered the department with Google to develop a unique program that incorporated Google software developers and undergraduate students, as well as course restructuring to better prepare underclassmen in their first three courses of study. First-year results indicated the program was successful in increasing student retention and interest in CS.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Washington, AN; Burge, L; Mejias, M; Jean-Pierre, K; Knox, Q

Published Date

  • January 1, 2015

Published In

  • Sigcse 2015 Proceedings of the 46th Acm Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education

Start / End Page

  • 203 - 206

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9781450329668

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1145/2676723.2677277

Citation Source

  • Scopus