Welcome!

Welcome to the Web site of the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges (CCSC). Whether you are a member of the Consortium, a participant in one of the regional conferences, or a professor or student with an interest in the issues pertaining to college computing, our hope is that you will find these pages informative and useful. Information regarding the regional conferences sponsored by the consortium is of particular interest.

About the Consortium

The purpose of the Consortium is to promote the betterment of computer-oriented curricula in two- and four-year colleges and universities; to improve the use of computing as an educational resource for all disciplines; to encompass regional constituencies devoted to this purpose; and to promote a national liaison among local, regional, and national organizations also devoted to this purpose. Predominantly these colleges and universities are oriented toward teaching, rather than research.

The Consortium holds meetings in conjunction with other computer education organizations, on its own, and sponsors sessions and tracks at such meetings. The annual meeting of the membership is held in conjunction with the ACM/SIGCSE Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education.

Notice of 2021 Annual Business Meeting

All members and those interested in joining CCSC are invited and welcomed to attend the Annual CCSC Business meeting on Friday, March 19, 2021, at 6pm Eastern Time. Due to COVID-19, the meeting will held virtually via Zoom. The meeting information is as follows:

Topic: CCSC Business Meeting
Time: Mar 19, 2021 6:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
https://umsystem.zoom.us/j/96439791438?pwd=My82RTdMVnB6SkdHL3BBT29yZGdNdz09
Meeting ID: 964 3979 1438
Passcode: 472172

Announcement Regarding COVID-19
(updated January 2021)

CCSC Members,

As expected, CCSC regional conferences have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Of the 5 spring conferences, 3 were cancelled, 1 was held virtually and another canceled all but their programming contest. Fortunately, with more lead time for the organizers to plan and prepare, the fall conferences were either held virtually or postponed:

  • Midwestern held virtually, September 25-26, 2020
  • Northwestern held virtually, October 2-3, 2020
  • Rocky Mountain held virtually, October 9-10, 2020
  • Eastern held virtually October 23-24, 2020
  • Southeastern postponed until January 22 – 23, 2021 (from November)

The plan for spring 2021 conferences is:

  • Southeastern will be held virtually January 22-23, 2021
  • Southwestern will be held virtually March 26-27, 2021
  • Central Plains will be held virtually April 9-10, 2021
  • South Central will be held virtually April 9, 2021
  • Mid-South TBD
  • Northeastern will be held virtually April 16-17, 2021

We are hopeful that fall 2021 conferences will, once again, be held in person. For more details and up-to-date information on regional conferences, please check the regional CCSC websites for updates.

Though attendance at spring 2021 conferences will not be in-person the benefits of participating in CCSC, in general, and the regional conferences, specifically, still apply: presenting research, being published, collaborating with colleagues, etc. (see “From the President” below to learn more about the benefits of CCSC conference participation and membership). Those working to put on the regional conferences, and the authors/presenters preparing to share their contributions, still look forward to connecting with their colleagues at the virtual gatherings!

Sincerely,
Karina Assiter, CCSC President

From the President

Welcome to the CCSC website!

Since 1985 the Consortium of Computing Sciences in Colleges (CCSC) has sponsored regional computer science conferences across the United States. Each of our ten regions hosts an annual 1- or 2-day conference.

CCSC conferences offer a high-quality, affordable venue for faculty to share research including pedagogical approaches, meet colleagues, and publish their work. Papers are double-blind, peer-refereed and if accepted are published in the Journal of Computing Sciences in Colleges which appears in the ACM digital library. Keynote and banquet speakers highlight current topics and issues. Conferences include tutorials, panels, “Works in Progress” sessions to share preliminary work, “Birds of a Feather” discussion groups, “Nifty Assignments,” and vendor-sponsored sessions. Pre- and post-conference workshops offer opportunities for additional professional development.

Student attendance is strongly encouraged and promoted by offering student-oriented activities such as programming contests, poster and research contests, and panels focused on student-oriented topics. Research contests are sponsored by Upsilon Pi Epsilon, the International Honor Society for Computer Science.

We welcome Vendor participation at both the regional and national level. There are many benefits to becoming a CCSC National Partner.

CCSC conference registration includes membership in CCSC. For those who wish to join CCSC without attending a conference, online membership renewal is available at our Membership Renewal site.

We encourage you to participate in any of the regional conferences. There are many ways to become involved including conference attendance, paper submissions, paper reviewing, serving on panels, leading tutorials and workshops, and bringing your students to our conferences. Leadership opportunities are available through participation on conference planning committees or even hosting a conference.

On behalf of our Board of Directors, thank you for your participation and support!

Sincerely,
Karina Assiter, CCSC President
January, 2021

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