At a time when highly-skilled tech jobs are going unfilled, U.S. colleges and universities are reviewing their approach to building IT and information system skills into undergraduate courses. David Rosenthal, the chair of the computing and decision sciences department in the Stillman School of Business at Seton Hall University, says students aren't flocking to career opportunities that need better promotion, but a bigger problem is lack of interest.
Your department at Seton Hall teaches information systems and quantitative courses in statistics, operations and research. Are students gravitating to these programs? We wish that was more the case than it is. A trend that's been happening since 2003 or so is a decline in kids studying computer science and information systems. My notion is that it's starting to turn around a little. But it's not like the turn up is as sharp as the turn down was. I've heard anecdotally that, at other schools, it is getting better, that they are getting students to study or concentrate in computer science/information systems. We haven't seen that turnaround yet in our school.
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