The New York Times reports that, for the first time in six years, enrollment in computer science programs in the United States increased last year, according to an annual report that tracks trends in the academic discipline. The revival is significant, according to computer scientists and industry executives, who have pointed to declining numbers of science and engineering students as a warning about the nation’s weakening ability to compete in the global economy. The number of majors and pre-majors in American computer science programs was up 6.2 percent from 2007, according to the Taulbee Survey, an annual survey conducted by the Computing Research Association following trends in student enrollment, degree production, employment, and faculty salaries for computer science programs in the United States and Canada. "This could be a sign that we are beginning to make headway," said Andrew A. Chien, director of research at Intel Corp. The latest report uncovered a series of bright spots for an academic discipline that underwent a crisis after the dot-com collapse beginning in 2000. After a wave of students came to the discipline during the internet boom, there was an equivalent decline during the past eight years as the nation’s college students decided the future lay in fields like investment banking and financial engineering…

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