14 Jul NDUS Signs on to Nationwide Initiative on Computer Science
Chancellor Mark Hagerott this week signed on to the CEOs for Computer Science (CS) initiative, making North Dakota University System one of two public systems of higher education to do so, along with the University of Nebraska system.
The initiative was undertaken to update the K-12 curriculum in every state to create opportunities for students to learn computer science skills from a young age. Noting its broad support among parents, students, teachers and employers, CEOs for CS stated that “computer science provides an essential foundation for every career in today’s world.”
“A nationwide initiative such as this could have a broad, positive impact on how we’re educating our younger students in not only computer science, but fundamental digital literacy,” Hagerott said. “It is imperative that we impart this knowledge upon our students today so that they have more opportunities for success tomorrow.”
Among other 500 signatories are Jeb Bush, founder, president and chairman of ExcelInEd; Ted Carter, Chancellor of the University of Nebraska System; Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft and co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers; Tim Cook, CEO of Apple; Chuck Robbins, chairman of Cisco; and Jeff Bezos, founder and executive chair of Amazon.