This program seeks to enhance the diversity, retention, and success of students in undergraduate computer science education at Rowan University. The success of students in computer science will ensure that a continuum of graduates exists that will fulfill roles in industry, education, and research occupations.
The computer science pipeline, Facilitating Academic Triumph by Providing an Integrated Pipeline Experience (FATPIPE), provides opportunities for increased participation of underrepresented students, and increased retention and graduation rates. FATPIPE is comprised of components designed to facilitate the success of students entering the Computer Science major.
The computer science learning community called Learning in Bits and Bytes (LiBBy) will provide a support infrastructure to increase the success, retention, and graduation rates of computer science majors.
The Computer Science Alternate Route Program (CSAR) will provide an alternate path into the computer science major for students that fall slightly below the entrance requirements by providing intervention in the form of math and basic computer science skills.
Overall, FATPIPE will address the factors that drive students away from the computer science major such as lack of math skills, gender and race socialization, lack of tutors and mentors, and education presented in a context that does not allow students to construct meaningful learning environments.