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Board of Governors Approves New Bachelor of Science Degree for KU

October 5, 2016

KUTZTOWN, Pa. - The State System of Higher Education Board of Governors today approved a new Bachelor of Science in Information Technology degree for Kutztown University.  The program will be run by the Department of Computer Science and Information Technology. 

Currently, KU offers a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science degree. Within that program, are two tracks: software development and information technology.  Creating the new major in information technology, and eliminating the track option, will respond to student and employer demand at the local, state and national levels. 

"Typically, students who graduate in the information technology track obtain positions with successful businesses and organizations," said Lisa Frye, chair, KU Department of Computer Science and Information Technology.  "With the expected growth in the industry and demand for graduates in the field, this is a solid investment for KU."

The International Data Corporation estimates that the U.S. demand for information technology services will increase 4.2-percent. Modis, an information technology staffing company, estimates an 18-percent growth or 685,000 new jobs in technology employment by 2022.

"The addition of this degree will allow Kutztown University to remain current with trends in the industry and the needs of prospective students," said Dr. Anne Zayaitz, provost and vice president for academic affairs at KU.  "Students are being exposed to information technology much earlier in their lives and we need to be in a position to meet their demand."

The curriculum for the new degree will provide students with the core concepts necessary for a career in numerous related fields, such as system or database administrator, network administrator or technician, web designer, or cyber security professionals. The academic program will provide students with an advanced understanding of information technology concepts, methods, and practices. Students will learn to solve problems utilizing current technology, with an emphasis on emerging standards and trends.

For more information contact the Department of Computer Science and Information Technology at CSITDepartment@kutztown.edu or 610-683-4340