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A New Computer Science Student Recruitment Strategy University Of Sharjah (UOS) Case Study

Manar Abu Talib1 and Ashraf Elnagar1
  • 1 University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Journal of Computer Science
Volume 11 No. 1, 2015, 145-152

DOI: https://doi.org/10.3844/jcssp.2015.145.152

Submitted On: 17 March 2014 Published On: 25 August 2014

How to Cite: Talib, M. A. & Elnagar, A. (2015). A New Computer Science Student Recruitment Strategy University Of Sharjah (UOS) Case Study. Journal of Computer Science, 11(1), 145-152. https://doi.org/10.3844/jcssp.2015.145.152

Abstract

In this study, we focus on two objectives: (1) To raise awareness of the computing field in three groups of students-high school, freshmen in their first term of university (i.e., students taking the Introduction to IT course) and freshmen in their second term of university (i.e., students taking the Programming I course); and (2) to organize visible CS/IT activities (i.e., robots, the Google Developer Group (GDG), Hour of Code, etc.) and involve as many students as possible. We conducted a detailed survey among these three groups of students to measure the effectiveness of making presentations on CS/IT and determine whether or not awareness of computer science increased as a result. As well, we organized a series of CS/IT activities and events. We measured the effectiveness of the Hour of Code activity on 515 students from grades 1 to 5. The survey results were promising and we conclude that such efforts should continue to be a topic of research into student enrollment growth in the future academic terms. It is also framed to benefit faculty members, administrators and others throughout the global community.

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Keywords

  • Computer Science
  • Student Recruitment
  • University of Sharjah
  • High School
  • Introduction to IT
  • Programming I
  • NAO Robot
  • Google Developer Group
  • Hour of Code