We’re excited to learn that the University of Rhode Island will be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of its Department of Computer Science and Statistics. This is an important milestone for the university, which was the first university to offer a computer science program in New England.
Join them Saturday, October 14th, from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm in Beaupre Hall, on the Kingston Campus. If you’re interested in learning more and registering for the event, visit their website for additional information.
Founded in 1967, the Computer Science Department at URI offers undergraduate and graduate coursework. Programs include computer science, data science, statistics, web development, digital forensics, and cybersecurity. Faculty members research machine learning and data mining, bioinformatics, sensor networks, and more. During this celebration, hear from keynote faculty speakers and explore the Department of Computer Science and Statistics!
With Computer Science Education Week quickly approaching, it’s important to recognize and attend events such as these to support tech education. Computing now makes up ⅔ of projected new jobs in STEM. However, in 22 states, high school computer science classes do not count toward math or science requirements. Parents, teachers, and IT professionals all have a role to play in spreading computer science to more schools.
In RI we are making strong strides to getting computer science integrated into our public school programs. The University of Rhode Island Computer Science and Statistics Department has played a pivotal and leading role. During the 2015/2016 school year over 100 students at the Academy for Career Exploration (a Providence Public Charter School) received college credit for computer science in a curriculum designed by URI Professor Victor Fay-Wolfe. URI also partnered with the State of RI on their CS4RI program that aims to have computer science taught in every public school in the state by December 2017. Many RI high schools are adopting the URI developed curriculum.
Women and minorities are very under-represented in the computer science workforce and URI has been a strong advocate to help turn this around. Another URI Professor, Jessie Barrett has worked in Providence with PASA and Danielle Bessler Foundation for women of high-school age to design and build websites and mobile apps. This program has grown in numbers of students each of the three years it’s been offered!
It’s appropriate that URI is taking the time to honor this program that is so integral to the success of our technical business climate in RI. Congratulations!