The CRA Taulbee Survey

The CRA Taulbee Survey is the principal source of information on the enrollment, production, and employment of Ph.D.s in information, computer science and computer engineering (I, CS & CE) and in providing salary and demographic data for faculty in I, CS & CE in North America. Statistics given include gender and ethnicity breakdowns.

Conducted each fall since 1974, the survey in general covers the preceding academic year. Faculty salary data, however, are for the current year. The survey has always had an excellent response rate–a fact which we believe lends great credibility to the result.

Preliminary results are made available in mid-December only to survey respondents. Respondents and CRA member departments receive the final results before publication in the May CRN.

The title of the survey honors Orrin E. Taulbee of the University of Pittsburgh, who conducted these surveys for the Computer Science Board until 1984, with retrospective annual data going back to 1970.

Data Analysis in CRN

  • 2012 Taulbee Report Sneak Preview

    The full 2012 Taulbee Report will be published in the May 2013 issue of CRN. However, the degree and enrollment numbers for bachelor’s and doctoral level programs in the departments responding to the survey have been compiled at this time, and they should be of interest to our members and readership. Thus, we are providing a sneak preview into these data.

  • 2013 Taulbee Report Sneak Preview

    The 2013 Taulbee Report will be published in the May 2014 issue of CRN. However, as we did last year, we’re offering you a preview of the degree and enrollment numbers for bachelor’s and doctoral level programs in the departments responding to the survey. For the second year in a row, the total number of Ph.D.s awarded was the highest ever reported in Taulbee. The departments that responded this year reported 1,991 graduates in 2012-13, surpassing the 1,929 reported for 2011-12 by last year’s respondents.

  • 2014 Taulbee Report Sneak Preview

    The 2014 Taulbee Report will be published in the May 2015 issue of CRN. As we have done for the past few years, we’re providing a preview of the degree and enrollment numbers for bachelor’s and doctoral level programs in the departments responding to the survey.

  • African-American Researchers in Computing Sciences: A Model for Broadening Participation

    According to the most recent Computing Research Association (CRA) Taulbee Survey, African-Americans represent 1.3 percent of all computing sciences faculty. Nationally, across all disciplines, African-Americans represent 5.2 percent of all academic faculty. The African-American Researchers in Computing Sciences (AARCS) program was funded by the National Science Foundation’s Broadening Participation in Computing (BPC) program in 2006. It aims to narrow the gap between computing science faculty and the national average by eliminating disbeliefs, concerns and misunderstandings about graduate school, research, and computing sciences faculty among African-American undergraduate computing sciences majors.

  • An Update on Trends in Degree Production

    With plans under way for CRA’s next Taulbee Survey of PhD-granting CS/CE departments in the fall, it is a good time to mention that CRA’s website offers trend data from both the Taulbee reports and from the National Science Foundation. The two sources complement each other: Taulbee data are more current and focused on CS/CE (the NSF groups information science with computer science), while NSF data provide longer trends, an opportunity to compare CS/CE with other fields, and include all degree-granting institutions.

  • Booming Enrollments – What is the Impact?

    By Lecia Barker (University of Texas at Austin), Tracy Camp (Colorado School of Mines), Ellen Walker (Hiram College), and Stu Zweben (Ohio State University)

    We are in the throes of another undergraduate enrollment surge. The number of new CS/CE majors in bachelor’s programs at Taulbee departments this year has reached the peak levels seen at the end of the dot-com era. While this is better news than the opposite (declining enrollments), it is critical that the field take into account how policies and efforts to manage the enrollment surge will affect groups that are under-represented in computing.

  • Continued Drop in CS Bachelor’s Degree Production and Enrollments

    This article reports on CS bachelor’s degree enrollments and production among Ph.D.-granting departments in the United States since the late 1990s. In order to limit the effect of variations in response rates, data are reported in both total numbers and medians per department. Results from the Taulbee Survey should be compared with data produced by the National Science Foundation (NSF), which surveys all institutions that grant CS degrees. NSF’s most recent data are from academic year 2003/2004.

  • Counting Computing: CRA Taulbee Survey and NSF Statistics

    When people in the computing field talk about numbers in computing – numbers of degrees granted, students enrolled, faculty, dollars in salary or research expenditures – they often refer to the annual CRA Taulbee Survey. But Taulbee is not the only source of information on computing. How do Taulbee results compare to some of the other available information?

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