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Oregon University System State Board of Higher Education: Help us make rigorous computer science count as a math or science entrance requirement at Oregon colleges and universities.

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Computer science develops students’ computational and critical thinking skills and teaches them how to create—not just use—new technologies. This fundamental knowledge is needed to prepare students for the 21st century, regardless of their ultimate field of study or occupation. Computer science courses should count toward math or science entrance requirements for higher education.

Computer science is driving job growth and innovation throughout our economy and society. More than half of projected jobs in STEM fields are in computing occupations; these occupations dominate “help wanted” ads; and computer science is one of the hottest degrees for new college graduates. In fact, by 2018, Oregon will need to fill 102,420 STEM-related jobs, and 44% of these jobs will be in computing.

Current computer science courses often do not count towards a student’s core math or science requirements from high school – they are treated as electives. Given the academic demands, college-bound students cannot afford to take computer science as an elective. Further, higher education often does not allow computer science courses to satisfy a math or science entrance requirement. Counting rigorous computer science as a math or science entrance requirement would not require schools to offer computer science or students to study it; it simply allows existing computer science courses to satisfy a core requirement that already exists.



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