Partnership for Advancing Computing Education (PACE)

The Partnership for Advancing Computing Education (PACE) enables and encourages organizations concerned with computing education to exchange information and collaborate on activities that will advance the state of computing education, address its challenges, and improve its quality.  The communication and collaboration will take place at multiple levels of the participating organizations, including top industry and public policy leadership, key computing education leadership, and individual members. 

The purpose of PACE is to support the accomplishment of the following goals and objectives of computing education as a field globally:

  1. high quality, diversity, and capacity of the computing workforce;
  2. high quality of computing education at all levels, and
  3. increased stability of enrollments in computing programs at levels compatible with demand.

The ultimate success of PACE will be measured by its ability to advance the state of computing education measured by general reputation, visibility and status in public policy discussions, availability of funding to advance the field, creativity of ideas, innovativeness of program offerings, ability to attract students, ability to support the needs of key employers, etc. As a means of achieving the primary success criteria, the success of PACE can be measured by its ability to enable creative and productive collaboration, to facilitate communication, and improve mutual understanding between active stakeholders within the computing education community.

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)
  • Computing Research Association