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ERIC Number: ED410933
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 11
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Is Your Curriculum Up-to-Date.
Pollack, Thomas A.
The dramatic changes that occurred in information technology in the 1990s have rendered the curricular offerings of many college and university information systems and computer science programs obselete. This paper identifies some of the most desirable skills in the current technology environment. By being astute innovators with college curricula, educators can ensure that graduates receive a quality education and also be competitive in the marketplace. A study by the Information Technology Association of America estimates that there are 190,000 vacant information technology jobs available. The most sought after technicians are programmers for products such as Germany's SAP or its United States rivals Oracle and PeopleSoft. Opportunities for conversion work for the year 2000 and beyond will be readily available. Another "hot area" is experience with a relational database and an emphasis on client/server programming; experience with more than one database will further ensure job opportunities. In addition to technical skills, interpersonal skills and "real-world" experience obtained through an internship or co-op program are important. After a brief description of the Duquesne University (Pennsylvania) Information Technology Program, a table of the Undergraduate Information Technology (IT) Prequisites and Sequencing and a chart of the Undergraduate IT Curriculum are presented. (Contains 20 references.) (AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Note: In: Association of Small Computer Users in Education (ASCUE) Summer Conference Proceedings (30th, North Myrtle Beach, SC, June 7-12, 1997); see IR 018 473.