UC San Diego computer science program graduates more than 3,500 students
The computer science programs of UC San Francisco and UC Irvine have grown by more than 100% in recent years, but a recent study found the majority of UC graduates did not graduate.
The UC San Antonio study found nearly 4,400 computer science graduates have not graduated from the program, a number that is more than double the UC Irvine tally.
In the past two years, more than 20% of UC graduate students have not completed their degrees, the study said.
“While we’re proud of our graduates, we can’t celebrate how many graduates have missed out on an opportunity to graduate and learn how to be more productive and to help the world,” said Chris Miller, UC San Carlos’ dean of the College of Science and Engineering.
“We must work to make sure the next generation of computer science students has the opportunity to take advantage of our many research, teaching and technical resources.”
UC San Marcos, one of the campuses that produced the new study, has more than 2,600 graduate students and plans to add more than 1,000 this year.
“The most exciting part about this study is that, while our students are making progress, we are still working to meet our commitment to them,” said UC San Bernardino’s dean of science and engineering, Michael Bierman.
“I am confident we can achieve the highest quality graduates from the UC San Davis program.”
In the study, researchers compared the success of graduates from UC San Derencia and UC San Jose, where the majority were admitted in 2016.
They found that UC San San Diego students scored higher on the Stanford-Harris and Cornell-Yale computer science assessments than those from UC Irvine and UC Santa Barbara.
In comparison, graduates from Berkeley, UC Santa Cruz, UC Irvine, UC Berkeley and UC Davis scored higher.
The California Department of Education is planning to publish the results of the study soon.
In a statement, a UC San Mateo spokesman said the school is working with the state Department of Higher Education to conduct an in-depth investigation of the program.
“Our students deserve a chance to succeed, and the next steps are always going to be educational and financial,” said university spokesman Matt O’Connor.
“This is a huge disappointment for the graduates and their families.
We’re committed to helping these students get a great education.”