Communications of the ACM 48, 11, November 2005, p. 27 - 28.
The field of computer science faces a crisis of national confidence in the U.S., as well as in many other countries around the world. The crisis involves several facets, each threatening the field's future ability to play a major role in the economic and social health of these countries. In the U.S. these facets include:
* Declining student enrollment, while growth continues in law, medicine, biology, economics, and business; the decline among women is particularly alarming;
* Reduced government and industry support for basic research;
* Low public interest, even antipathy; and
* An unsympathetic political climate, typified by the nonrenewal in June 2005 of the President's Information Technology Advisory Committee.