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WWU is Providing High-Value to the state of WA

As a WWU graduate, I have stayed in-state and helped build up several businesses, which are paying taxes to support the government and educational system.

 

The CS department draws in students who are potentially going to stay in-state / in-city to grow the local economy.

 

Let's keep the doors open so we can attract high-value students to our state.

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Tie together different departments

Have classes that tie together different careers: Business + Marketing + Graphic Design + CS

 

This is how the real world works. Start teaching it before people leave college.

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Leveraging cloud computing & web services

Anyone can make it big today / scale. Students should be taught to leverage AWS, Google App Engine, etc.

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Customer Development

The book 'Four Steps to the Epiphany' should be required reading for all CS majors (and Business majors as well).

 

http://www.amazon.com/Four-Steps-Epiphany-Steven-Blank/dp/0976470705

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Campaign: Curriculum

Gamification of Reality

Read: 'Reality is Broken'

 

There is a reason that companies like Zynga and Blizzard are so huge. People like challenge and engagement. The real world doesn't really provide either for the average person.

 

As software engineers, it is up to us to gamily reality and leverage peoples' focus and talent.

 

http://www.amazon.com/Reality-Broken-Games-Better-Change/dp/1594202850

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Campaign: Curriculum

Teach Versatility

Today, tying together lots of different technologies is much more useful than super strong depth in 1 language.

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Leveraging Open Source Libraries and Systems

Don't roll your own, somebody else did it already.

 

Students should be very aware of this. The world is huge and there's a lot of smart people out there.

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Campaign: Curriculum

Building web services

Most products today need to interact with various disparate systems. Web Services are a critical technology that every CS student should know how to leverage.

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Mobile application development

Computers are getting smaller, lighter, faster. The average person doesn't need a 'computer'. They need a way to keep in touch with people.

 

If you run a consumer facing business and you don't have a mobile strategy, you probably won't succeed.

 

Being able to develop web services that can be leveraged by several platforms is very useful here.

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Campaign: Curriculum

Global Development

Partner with 4 other colleges around the world. 1 member from each college. Teach people how to work from anywhere.

 

Having this knowledge allows people to either work from where it is cheap to live OR hire people for very cheap compared to the local economy and have them live like kings where they live.

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Campaign: Curriculum

Teach the Fundamentals of CS

Knowing the Big-O of an algorithm is always useful in any language. All CS students should have strong fundamental knowledge of CS.

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Campaign: Ideas

Computational Science

Let students comajor in any other discipline then write their senior thesis on an application of computer science to that area. Offer a year long freshman level course for all majors in data analysis. Computational data analysis is the new calculus.

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