Towards an ability to direct college students to an appropriately paced introductory computer science course

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Department of Computer Science


We propose a working group to investigate methods of proper placement of university entrance-level students into introductory computer science courses. The main issues are the following. The ability to predict skill in the absence of prior experience The value of programming language neutrality in an assessment instrument Stigma and other perception issues associated with students' performance, especially among groups underrepresented in computer science The impact or potential impact on underrepresented populations (minorities, those with lower socioeconomic status) The outcomes/satisfaction/retention metrics in the major of the paced/tracked students compared to those in one-size-fits-all introductory classes.

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ITiCSE '19 Proceedings of the 2019 ACM Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education