Electrical Engineering
      and Computer Sciences

Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences

COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING

UC Berkeley

Attrition in Introductory Computer Science at the University of California, Berkeley

Colleen Lewis

EECS Department
University of California, Berkeley
Technical Report No. UCB/EECS-2010-132
October 17, 2010

http://www.eecs.berkeley.edu/Pubs/TechRpts/2010/EECS-2010-132.pdf

At the University of California, Berkeley, the introductory programming course, Computer Science 3: Introduction to Symbolic Programming, serves students with no programming experience and functions as a gatekeeper to further study of computer science or electrical engineering. This study documents patterns of attrition in this introductory computer science class from fourteen semesters, from the fall of 2002 to the spring of 2009. The purpose of the study is to document attrition and does not identify causal mechanisms for the patterns observed.


BibTeX citation:

@techreport{Lewis:EECS-2010-132,
    Author = {Lewis, Colleen},
    Title = {Attrition in Introductory Computer Science at the University of California, Berkeley},
    Institution = {EECS Department, University of California, Berkeley},
    Year = {2010},
    Month = {Oct},
    URL = {http://www.eecs.berkeley.edu/Pubs/TechRpts/2010/EECS-2010-132.html},
    Number = {UCB/EECS-2010-132},
    Abstract = {At the University of California, Berkeley, the introductory programming course, Computer Science 3: Introduction to Symbolic Programming, serves students with no programming experience and functions as a gatekeeper to further study of computer science or electrical engineering. This study documents patterns of attrition in this introductory computer science class from fourteen semesters, from the fall of 2002 to the spring of 2009. The purpose of the study is to document attrition and does not identify causal mechanisms for the patterns observed.}
}

EndNote citation:

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%I EECS Department, University of California, Berkeley
%D 2010
%8 October 17
%@ UCB/EECS-2010-132
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%F Lewis:EECS-2010-132