Role of Academia to Create Re-entry Pathways in Computing

Elodie Billionniere, Farzana Rahman, Quincy Brown, Hyunjin Seo

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

2 Scopus citations

Abstract

Although most higher education institutions cater their programs to traditional college students, high school graduates or those in their early 20s, the adult-student population makes up most degree-seekers in the United States (U.S.). Adult-student population, known as non-traditional students, includes students who are returning to postsecondary institutions after dropping out, working adults, formerly incarcerated individuals as well as professionals who want to turn life experience into college credit. With the influx of non-traditional students, higher education institutions must rethink and put in place strategies to better support these students. With this in mind, recruitment of non-traditional students in computing related fields is of great interest to increase the number of graduates to meet the future of the workforce needs in particular in the emerging technology (EmTech) fields. Therefore, we propose a panel to discuss opportunities for re-entry computing education and career paths. The panel of experts will share their respective re-entry programs to spark conversations and reflect on their work-in-progress. The objective of the panel is to share experiences, lessons learned, and ideas to create and promote initiatives to support structures for re-entry to the computing education and professional pipeline.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2020 Research on Equity and Sustained Participation in Engineering, Computing, and Technology, RESPECT 2020 - Proceedings
EditorsChristina Gardner-McCune, Nicki Washington, Edward Dillon, Gloria Washington, Jamie Payton
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781728171722
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 10 2020
Event2020 Research on Equity and Sustained Participation in Engineering, Computing, and Technology, RESPECT 2020 - Virtual, Portland, United States
Duration: Mar 11 2020 → …

Publication series

Name2020 Research on Equity and Sustained Participation in Engineering, Computing, and Technology, RESPECT 2020 - Proceedings

Conference

Conference2020 Research on Equity and Sustained Participation in Engineering, Computing, and Technology, RESPECT 2020
CountryUnited States
CityVirtual, Portland
Period3/11/20 → …

Keywords

  • academic degree
  • computing education
  • emerging technology
  • formal and informal learning
  • non-traditional students

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Education

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