Majoring In Computer Science: Universities Struggling To Keep Up With Influx

With the current boom in cryptocurrency and blockchain technology, more students are majoring in computer science than ever before and universities are struggling to keep up with the demand of the major.

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According to The New York Times article “The Hard Part of Computer Science? Getting into Class” written by Natasha Singer delves into the “allure” of the major: “the prospect of high-salary, high-status jobs, college students in record numbers are majoring in computer science,” says Singer. However, with the growing demand for the major comes the growing amount of problems. Students have to “compete” in order to get into certain classes needed for their major, as well as having difficulty even placing in the major at all, says Singer.

With cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin booming (currently worth $8,239 US dollars on June 13th ) and the popularity of block chain technology in the computer science industry surging, educators are becoming outnumbered in relation to their students. Students are seeing the potential in majoring in computer science more than ever before.

This photo of a CS professor’s “office hours” at Cornell University was tweeted Julian Koh. As you can see, there are simply not enough educators to students which leads to this:

According to Singer, “the number of undergraduates majoring in the subject more than doubled from 2013 to 2017, to over 106,00, whole tenure-track faculty ranks rose from about 17 percent, according to the Computer Research Association.”

With university practices already in the hot seat for the unethicality of the recent college admissions scandal, is there an ethicality question here as well? Judging from this picture of students at Cornell, considered a top Ivy League School, is it ethical to allow the student vs. professor ratio to be so off?