220 students declared as computer science majors in the 2011-2012 school year, making it the most popular undergraduate major at Stanford.
The Faculty Senate discussed online education Thursday, hearing from a five-member panel about the University’s current and future initiatives. Eric Roberts, professor of computer science, called the issue “the most controversial that has come up in my time here,” and critiqued the fact that no opponents of online education had addressed the Senate.
Following a near-doubling in 2010, the number of undergraduates majoring in computer science (CS) continues to rise rapidly, with 429 Stanford undergraduates currently declared in a CS major according to an automatically generated list on the Stanford CS website.
While the introductory computer science course CS106A spiked in enrollment fall quarter, the fundamental introductory courses in other departments such as mathematics, chemistry and economics enrolled a similar number of students as previous quarters, according to numbers on Axess.
Public scrutiny over a report confirming that Google Inc. spent $5.4 million on lobbying in Washington D.C. in the first three quarters of 2011 has raised awareness among students and faculty about the influence that Google and other high-tech companies wield at Stanford.
It’s 3:10 p.m., Monday afternoon. Over 600 students are crammed into Hewlett 200 like canned sardines. The students who arrived 20 minutes earlier are fortunate enough to find seats. Other students must seat themselves in the aisles. The rumble of animated chatter dies down when they are all greeted by an energetic, bespectacled man–associate professor of computer science Mehran Sahami ’92 M.S., ’93 Ph.D. ’99.