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July 28, 2005

Are college students abandoning computer science too quickly?

FutureWire reports that enrollment in U.S. computer science undergraduate and graduate programs dropped by 23% in 2004, at least in part due to concern about outsourcing and downsizing.

I can't fault any college student for seriously rethinking the value of a computer science degree in light of current, and likely future, economic conditions. But "computer science" isn't monolithic. Evolutionary computation, and the skills required to excel at it, differ in many ways from "traditional" computer science. And there are good signs that evolutionary computation is finding a foothold in private industry, as indicated by recent postings here. Perhaps those new college enrollees should seek to reposition themselves within computer science, rather than jump ship completely.

But minoring in business as a hedge probably wouldn't hurt either.

Posted by Robert at July 28, 2005 11:38 AM
category: Work

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