Cal Poly Pomona

P&R Responses for recommendation 93

Recommendation 93
Department Computer Science
Consensus Opinion 11 out of 12 faculty/staff : With modifications
Consensus Explanation The Computer Science Department finds the proposed stable funding/merge recommendation of the P&R committee for our BS CS program minimally acceptable. The following statement demonstrates the growth and importance of the program and hence the need for enhanced funding.

Concurrent with the national trend, our BS CS program reached an abnormal peak in the year 2000 with 1216 majors, and then experienced decline from 2000-2005 due to the dot-com bust. We had 536 majors in 2005, similar to the number of majors we had 10 years ago, prior to the dot-com boom. Over the last two years our program has become increasingly popular, with enrollment now at 672 majors (Fall 2007 data), a 25% increase over 2005.

We are currently offering a popular GE course every quarter and another GE course is in the approval pipeline. Thus, we are serving a larger student body than represented by the submitted program data with a further increase expected.

The two-year-old data submitted to the P&R committee disregards the fact of the 25% increase in enrollment we have experienced since 2005. The U.S. department of labor predicts healthy growth of jobs in the computer science discipline in the next decade. The belief that outsourcing of jobs is reducing jobs for our majors is more a myth, as shown by ACM’s job migration task force report on “Globalization and Offshoring of Software”. These facts are all indications that the demand for CS will continue to increase. (ACM is the largest professional organization of Computer Science.)

Over the past few years, we have lost faculty to retirement and industry and have not hired at a rate to make up for the loss, thus resulting in a high MFR. Responding to the committee’s concerns that the faculty is less diverse than the student body, we have made every effort in compliance with the diversity office to advertise our positions in avenues with more exposure to diverse groups. 30% of our full-time faculty is women, which is considerably higher than the national average.

The technical nature of our discipline is very math intensive and hence very different from other computer/technology disciplines, therefore, merging with any other department is not a possibility.

We believe our BS CS program is a stable and high demand program aligned with the polytechnic mission of the university. We request enhanced funding from the university to support the continued growth of our BS CS program.

Minority Opinion NA out of NA faculty/staff : NA
Minority Explanation

Recommendation 93
Department Mathematics and Statistics
Consensus Opinion 32 out of 32 faculty/staff : Con
Consensus Explanation We in the math department disagree with the recommendation to merge or discontinue the computer science graduate program. A Master¹s degree in Computer Science is a very marketable degree that serves students well.
Particularly for the student body at CPP, which is highly diverse and contains many groups which are underrepresented in computer science, the Master¹s program represents an opportunity to reach a fulfilling and lucrative job. Having a Master¹s program also helps attract qualified faculty who have an interest in doing research with graduate students.
Finally, the report does not specify what department the program could be merged with, but some of the possibilities seem to be ECE or CIS. From the outside, this may seem reasonable, as they all involve computers. But for those familiar with all three disciplines, they are quite different.
Computer Science teaches much more about algorithms and programming, while the ECE and CIS are more about the hardware or using computer software.

Minority Opinion NA out of NA faculty/staff : NA
Minority Explanation

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