The Proceedings of the Information Systems Education Conference 2004: §2412
|Fri, Nov 5, 3:00 - 3:25, Ballroom B Paper (refereed)
|Recommended Citation: Farkas, D and N Murthy. Reversing Declining Enrollments: Introducing Minors to Reach New Student Markets within the University Community. In The Proceedings of the Information Systems Education Conference 2004, v 21 (Newport): §2412. ISSN: 1542-7382.
Reversing Declining Enrollments: Introducing Minors to Reach New Student Markets within the University Community
There is a lot of debate regarding the causes of declining enrollment in the computer and information sciences. Many believe the apparent loss of jobs in the information technology sector can be blamed for the dramatic decline in enrollments departments have experienced. While the issues of dot-com implosions and offshore outsourcing make the headlines, it is not clear that there is a shortage of jobs. This paper describes a way to revitalize enrollment by creating curricula attractive to students who are not computing majors. Two minors in Internet technology are described which can be taken by students with either strong technical interests or by those whose interests are more related to organizational support (e.g. marketing, web design, etc.). Enrollments in these minors resulted in increasing the number of non-majors taking computing courses.
Keywords: enrollment, web development, Internet, e-commerce, web programming, minors
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