Media and Technology Stats and Studies – March 18, 2013

CRA: Computing Degree Enrollments Soar, Foreign Students Dominate Among Advanced Computing Degrees Awarded in U.S., Hispanics Show Sharp Declines Among Computer Engineering Grads

The Computer Research Association has released a report showing the number of new undergraduate majors pursuing degrees in computer science at doctorate-granting institutions has grown by more than 29% over last year. The report evaluated three degrees: computer science (CS), computer engineering (CE) and information-related, computing disciplines (I). While Black or African-Americans comprised just 4.5% of students awarded CS Bachelor’s degrees, this number rose from 3.6% the year before. Among students awarded I Bachelor’s degrees, 8.4% were African-American, compared to 6.9% the year prior. African-Americans did, however, see a slight decline in representation among students awarded CE Bachelor’s degrees, as the proportion dropped from 5.9% to 5.2%.

For Hispanics, the most recent CRA report found an increase in representation among CS Bachelor’s degrees awarded, but declines in Hispanic representation among those graduating with CE and I undergraduate degrees. Hispanics comprised 6.3% of those awarded CS Bachelor’s degrees between 2011 and 2012, compared to 5.4% the year before. However, the proportion of Hispanics awarded I Bachelor’s degrees was down slightly from 8.6% to 8.4% year-to-year.  The report found a significant decline in the number of Hispanic students obtaining CE undergraduate degrees: The percentage of CE Bachelor’s degrees awarded to Hispanics was 4.9% in 2012, compared to 8.1% the previous year.

The report also evaluated Master’s and Ph.D. degrees awarded. “Nonresident Aliens” comprised 53.8% of Master’s degrees and 50.1% of doctorates awarded across all three disciplines combined, dwarfing the proportion of such degrees awarded Black or African-Americans and Hispanics. Black or African-Americans comprised just 2.7% of Master’s and 2% of Ph.D.’s awarded across the three disciplines.  Hispanics were represented among 2.5% of CS, CE and I Master’s degree graduates and 1.4% of such Ph.D.’s. Interestingly, Nonresident Aliens comprised just 6.9% of students awarded Bachelor’s degrees across all three disciplines, compared to 5.3% of degrees awarded to students who identified as Black or African American and 6.5% of Hispanics.

NCES Report: Most Algebra I and Geometry Courses Are Not Rigorous

A National Center for Education Statistics report showed 73% of students who took an “honors” Algebra I course were actually taught material ranked as intermediate, with less than 20% receiving instruction ranked as “rigorous.” Among students taking “honors” Geometry, just 33% actually received a rigorous curriculum. A larger percentage of Hispanic (19%) and Asian/Pacific Islander students (24%) took a beginner level Algebra course, compared to 12 percent of White students. The report also concluded that a larger percentage of White students (37%) enrolled in “honors” Geometry courses actually received rigorous instruction, compared to 12% of such Black and 17% of such Hispanic students.

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Only 3 Women Are Directing Blockbuster Movies in 2013, and That’s a Problem

Other Reports:

PricewaterhouseCoopers reported that 67% of healthcare industry CIOs report they are facing IT staffing shortages, up from 59% in 2010.

Intel awarded $630,000 to 10 high school student scientists. The winners of the Intel Science Talent Search bested 1,700 entrants.

Pew: One in Four Teenagers Accesses the Internet Primarily Via a Mobile Device

WSJ: The Surprising Numbers Behind Apps. Among the report’s findings, apps are expected to yield $25 billion in revenue in 2012 from users who spend an average of 2 hours per day using them, most of the time (43%) playing games. Also, 94% of app developers are men making less than $15,000 per year developing apps.

Rootmetrics: AT&T Beats Verizon on Speed; Verizon Beats AT&T in LTE Coverage. The study showed average speeds of 18.6 Mbps down and 9 Mbps on the uplink for AT&T, compared to 14.3 Mbps down and 8.5 Mbps up for Verizon. However, LTE testers connected to a Verizon LTE signal 93.2% of the time, compared to 81.7% for AT&T.

AT&T researchers have reportedly sent a 100Gbit/second signal across 12,000 km on a 100GHz-spaced grid. This is an improvement over its previous record sending a 100Gbit/second signal 3,000 km using a 50GHz grid.

Study: TV Tops Movies and Music Among Millennials. A Magid Generational Strategies study showed Millennials favor TV programming over movies and music and many (45%) are willing to watch advertising if doing so will allow them to access full-length TV content without having to pay a subscription fee.

University of Cambridge and Microsoft: Facebook “Likes” Predict Intelligence, Age, Voting History and Sexuality. Among other examples, the study of 58,000 Facebook users showed a positive correlation between likes for “thunderstorms” and high intelligence, likes for “being confused after waking up from naps” and being a straight male, and likes for the band Slayer and being a smoker.

Nielsen: “Zero TV” Households Hit 5 Million in U.S. The number of viewers who have chosen to forgo “traditional TV” offered via cable and satellite in favor of relying exclusively on computers, smartphones and tablets for content is up by 2 million since 2007.

SUNY reported it will invest $300,000 to expose more of its undergraduates to resume-building STEM research opportunities.

Global outplacement and executive coaching firm Challenger, Gray and Christmas reported 97% of businesses will make no change to their benefit allowing employees to telecommute. A Stanford University study also found a 13% increase in productivity among call center workers randomly assigned to telecommute.

 

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