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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 2020 Annual Business Meeting – VIRTUAL EDITION

March 23, 2020

CCSC Members,

Unfortunately, the 2020 CCSC Annual Business Meeting that was scheduled to take place Friday, March 13th did not take place due to the cancellation of SIGCSE. In addition to sharing reports and taking questions, the annual meeting is where we receive additional nominations for spring elections and approve the date and location for our next annual business meeting.

In lieu of our in-person Annual Business Meeting we are holding an asynchronous “Virtual Meeting” to take place Monday, March 23rd to Sunday March 29th.

Please review the agenda and reports that would have been shared in this meeting (see Annual Business Meeting Google Doc).

Members may submit questions and nominations for elections. Please send any questions or nominations to Jeff Lehman, CCSC President via email (). Questions and Nominations will be posted to the shared Google Doc. Nominations require a “second” and will be forwarded to the Nomination Committee.

From Monday, March 30th to Sunday April 5th, CCSC Members are asked to submit their votes via ONLINE FORM to Approve CCSC Annual Business Meeting for Spring 2021 be held in conjunction with SIGCSE 2021 in Toronto, Ontario on Friday, March 19th, 2021.

Please note that we are extending membership for a second year to all that attended the spring 2019 CCSC conferences and any that registered for the spring 2020 conferences that were canceled.

We appreciate your understanding given these difficult circumstances and look forward to meeting with you again in-person at our next Annual Business Meeting in spring 2021.

Sincerely,
Jeff Lehman, CCSC President

UPDATED 3-16-2020 Announcement Regarding COVID-19

CCSC Conference Committees and Members,

Unfortunately, our spring 2020 CCSC conferences have been affected by COVID-19.

The Southwestern Conference will be held virtually.

The Mid-South Conference has been canceled, however, the student programming contest will still be held virtually.

The Central Plains, Northeast, and South Central conferences have been canceled.

Please see the regional conference web sites for more details.

We appreciate your understanding given the circumstances and plan to resume our normal spring conference schedule in 2021.

At this point our fall 2020 conferences will be offered as planned, but please check the national and regional CCSC websites for updates.

Sincerely,
Jeff Lehman, 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. Five are offered in the fall and five in the spring. Our Spring 2020 conferences include:

  • Southwestern, March 20-21, 2020, California State University San Marcos in San Marcos, California
  • Central Plains, April 3-4, 2020, St. Charles Community College in Cottleville, Missouri
  • South Central, April 3, 2020, The University of Texas at Dallas in Richardson, Texas
  • Mid-South, April 17-18, 2020, Lyon College in Batesville, Arkansas
  • Northeastern, April 17-18, 2020, Ramapo College of New Jersey in Mahwah, New Jersey

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. Members of CCSC receive the Journal of Computing Sciences in Colleges which includes the refereed papers from the ten regional CCSC conferences.

We encourage you to participate in any of 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,
Jeff Lehman, CCSC President
February, 2020

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