Black Software Development Candidates, Pt. 2

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Black Software Development Candidates, Pt. 2

Key Takeaways

  • In the 2019/2020 academic year, 46 African American computer science students graduated from Florida State University.
  • In the 2019/2020 academic year, 26 African American computer science students graduated from the University of South Carolina Columbia.
  • In the 2019/2020 academic year, 24 African American computer science students graduated from the University of Cincinnati Main Campus.

Introduction

A list of 10 of the top and largest PWI (Predominantly White Institution) colleges/universities that focus on Black software engineering candidates has been provided in the attached spreadsheet.

Selected Findings

  • About 59.8% of Florida State University's student enrollment consists of White students. The university has programs in place such as Blacks in Computing that provides opportunities to Black students.
  • About 72.8% of the University of South Carolina Columbia's student enrollment consists of White students. The university has been awarded INSIGHT Into Diversity's Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award for three years.
  • About 69.7% of the university's student enrollment consists of White students. The university's African American Cultural & Resource Center offers space for Black students to develop professionally."

Research Strategy

For this research on the largest PWI colleges/universities that focus on Black software engineering candidates, we leveraged credible resources in the public domain, including websites that provide higher education data such as College Factual. We began by finding the top schools in computer science and ranked them by the number of black computer science grads in 2019/2020. We also focused on that are predominantly white (in which White students account for more than 50 percent of the students) and institutions that provide training opportunities or help train black software developers or software engineers and set them up for success in their careers and/or secure recruitment opportunities.





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