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Partnership for Advancing Computing Education (PACE)

The group provides information about the formation and evolution of the Partnership for Advancing Computing Education (PACE) {formerly the Computing Education Coordinating Council (CECC)} that will provide a basis for computing education organizations to communicate, cooperate and collaborate on activities that will advance the state of computing education. Support for the PACE project was provided by the National Science Foundation (Award #: CNS-1050075).

PACE (and CECC) is an outgrowth of efforts at the Future of Computing Education Summit (FOCES), which was held in Washington D.C. in May 2009, and the work of the Coalition for Advancing Computing Education (CACE), which began at the FOCES meeting. For more information, see the FOCES group at http://www.computingportal.org/node/226 and the CACE group at http://www.computingportal.org/node/225.

More specifically the PACE has the following aims: 

1. Present a unified, respected view of the nature, content, and achievements of computing education through an organization that is widely acknowledged to represent the entire field of computing. The Council will provide an ongoing sense of vision, purpose, and leadership in addressing the challenges to computing education. It will have an important role in setting educational priorities.

2. Support the processes for securing the resources necessary to meet the challenges facing computing education.

3. Provide a structure for the various computing organizations to communicate about common interests and to act in a united way to address those interests.

In order to effect a prodcutive start the following organizations were designate as the PACE charter members:

. Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)

. Association for Information Systems (AIS)

. Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA)

. IEEE Computer Society (IEEE CS)

. National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT)

NOTE: It should be emphasized that the initial group is limited in size in order to get a quick start; however, we are still dedicated to a key feature of the original CECC proposal: "The membership of the Council shall be inclusive and wide ranging. It shall be open to all organizations with an interest in computing education: small and large organizations; national and international groups; those focused on pre-university education, undergraduate and graduate education, and professional training; and all fields of computing". As the PACE gets its sea legs it will be expanded to accommodate a wider and more diverse membership.

Partnership for Advancing Computing Education (PACE)