U of I: Illinois Students Lagging Behind in Computer Science

U of I: Illinois Students Lagging Behind in Computer Science

CHAMPAIGN – Illinois students are unprepared for the computer literate world. Part of the reason is a lack of motivation among students.

A report by the College of Education at the University of Illinois found that Illinois lags behind in computer science studies. Raya Hegeman-Davis, co-author of the report and research coordinator in the Bureau of Educational Research at the U of I, said “too many Illinois students decide early on that they are not cut out for computer science.”

“In 10 years, the job landscape will change,” she said. “Entry level workers will need to know how to update a website and how coding works. Computer science will be vital.”

“A big hurdle for Illinois is the massive shortage of trained computer science teachers,” she added.

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