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.

Announcement Regarding COVID-19 (updated August 2021)

The status of fall 2021 regional conferences is variable. The Midwestern conference, which will host the CCSC board meeting, is scheduled to be face-to-face while the Rocky Mountain conference is virtual. The decision to be virtual or face-to-face depended on the availability of hosting institutions in the regions that were ready for larger gatherings.

We are hopeful that spring 2022 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 fall 2021 conferences will not all 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” 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.

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!

Karina Assiter, CCSC President
August, 2021

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