Volume 10

V10 N6 Pages 63-71

December 2012

Factors influencing students' decisions to major in a computer-related discipline

Terri Lenox
Westminster College
New Westminster, PA 16172, USA

Gayle Jesse
Thiel College
Greenville, PA 16125 , USA

Charles Robert Woratschek
Robert Morris University
Moon Township, PA 15108, USA

Abstract: Too few students are entering the workforce with the technological skills required due to several fac-tors, including under-enrollment in the computer-related disciplines by college students. Enrollment in these disciplines has made some progress since the precipitous decline of 2000 – 2007 and steps have been taken to attract more majors. However, we still do not fully understand the factors that influ-ence students to choose to major in the computer-related disciplines. The purpose of the research described here was to: 1) explore, in-depth, specific factors that might influence a student’s decision to major in a computer-related discipline and 2) determine if there were commonalities amongst these factors across the subject population.

Keywords: enrollment, recruitment, retention

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Recommended Citation: Lenox, T., Jesse, G., Woratschek, C. R. (2012). Factors influencing students' decisions to major in a computer-related discipline. Information Systems Education Journal, 10(6) pp 63-71. http://isedj.org/2012-10/ ISSN: 1545-679X. (A preliminary version appears in The Proceedings of ISECON 2011)