Ten years ago, in 2006, I was a computer science graduate student in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. Graduate school was frustrating, and I had been channeling my energy into a research project to uncover how the greater community was feeling. The result:
"the department’s tight research focus appears to draw significant attention from other activities — such as teaching, service, and other community-building activities — that are necessary for a department’s excellence."
Ten years later, my dear collaborators and I have been invited by the department to see whether things have improved. We began our work with a look at how things have changed at a national level: