Students are increasingly embracing technology to boost their literacy skills, a new study shows.
A recent National Science Foundation study found that more than 1 in 10 students took a computer science course in high school, and many are now taking courses online, said Dr. Brian Leiby, who led the research as a research associate at the National Center for Education Statistics.
“We’re seeing more students getting a college-level computer science degree, but the demand is not as high,” he said.
Students at the University of Missouri have the highest rate of computer science majors.
The university recently announced it was creating a computer-science program to train future computer scientists.
Students have been using their computers for things such as gaming and streaming media, Leibys research found.
Computer science majors are often the most likely to be in STEM fields, like engineering, mathematics and computer science.
“Computer science is often considered an academic discipline, and that’s true for many disciplines,” said Leib y.
“But in my experience, it’s an incredibly powerful and powerful field that is also often overlooked and undervalued.”
The number of computer-based engineering majors has jumped in recent years.
In 2015, there were 2.5 percent of engineering students with a bachelor’s degree, compared with 4 percent in 2014.
Computer engineering also has been growing at a faster pace than science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Computer-based computer science programs are being offered in all of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, and a handful of cities.
Some students are taking courses on mobile devices.
In 2017, for example, more than 6,500 computer-related courses were offered in college, and the number of students taking such courses doubled in the first quarter of 2018, according to data from the American Council on Education.
The study also found that computer science students have less interest in traditional college courses than traditional humanities courses.
Computer-related students, particularly those who are computer-literate, are more likely to have higher SAT scores and are more successful in college.
The number of STEM students studying computer science has also increased, from 6.3 percent in 2016 to 10.5 in 2018.
The numbers of computer engineering students and STEM students have been growing, too.
The American Association of University Professors has recently urged colleges to offer more computer-intensive courses in computer science and engineering.
The National Center on Education Statistics says computer science courses accounted for 7.5 million in-state undergraduate students in 2017, with more than 9 million students enrolled at private colleges.
Computer-intensive education programs in computer and math, in particular, have been increasing.
According to the U.S. Department of Education, computer-enabled devices have grown in popularity over the past several years.
The U.N. report shows that in 2020, nearly 8 million devices were used to access online educational resources.
The report also found the number in the United States grew from 3.9 million in 2010 to 4.1 million in 2020.
“With this data, it looks like we have a problem,” Leib said.
“We need to do more.”
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