Last week I attended my CSE Exit Interview. All senior-status computer science students sit with the heads of the CSE department and provide feedback on their time and experience in CSE classes. This helps the department figure out what changes, if any, are needed to improve the curriculum. There were about 12 students at the session I went to. It was nice to know many of them had the same feelings as I did about some courses. Some students did not hold back criticizing certain classes and professors. Others, including myself, providing suggestions for course sequence and offering them in different semesters. We also discussed the idea of forming new courses.
All in all, I felt it was very productive and the two professors that led the meeting were appreciative of our honesty. The Computer Science department is making many improvements in the coming years. The biggest improvement will be the hiring of new professors, in which they’ve already two. The department has been understaffed the past couple years, making it difficult on professors having to teach so many courses. But with the addition of two, possibly three, new professors, this will allow the department to offer more sections of courses that are normally taught once per semester per year. Also, students will have the chance to take classes with new professors and learn material in a new way that might make it more clear.
The underclassmen and incoming students will be very fortunate as Lehigh improves their Computer Science department and continues to make it a top program among other colleges and universities.