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Challenging stereotypes about computer science programs

October 9, 2015

Over the summer, I came across an opinion piece by Daniel Gelernter “Why I’m not looking to hire computer-science majors,” in The Wall Street Journal. This blog post is a response to that commentary.

In my opinion, Mr. Gelernter paints today’s college graduates with too broad a brush. I would suggest that rather than dismissing computer science graduates, he instead focus on looking in the right places for his employees.

Computer science graduates from Rochester Institute of Technology come away with much more than a skill set, such as coding.  To earn their bachelor’s degree, they must master a solid foundation of technical skills, as well as develop the critical thinking, ethical reasoning, analysis, and communication skills that will allow an individual to adapt to technological advances and be productive in the long term. 

As a cooperative educational university, RIT offers its students a time-tested blend of practical and theoretical. RIT students are required to have one year of co-op experience, employed in the field of their choice. This experiential education exposes them to the latest technologies, languages, and methodologies used by industry. These students then return to classes and force a currency on the curriculum that non-co-op schools cannot emulate. RIT graduates more than 100 CS majors each year, and boasts a 98-percent employment rate, with alumni working in start-ups as well as large corporations. 

If Mr. Gelernter needs graduates with other specialized computing skills, he will also find them at RIT where we have degrees in software engineering, web and mobile computing, computer security, and interactive games and media. Our B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences graduates more than 450 students every year, all of whom have benefitted from the experiential learning principle that RIT embraces. We would be happy to connect entrepreneurs such as Mr. Gelernter to our many talented students.