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The job prospects of college graduates with degrees in computing and information technology haverecently dimmed significantly. Much of the current situation can be attributed to the dot-com bust, the generally weak US economy, and a growing trend toward offshore outsourcing of IT-related jobs.<p>The author describes an interdisciplinary program developed at Louisiana Tech University that merged the College of Engineering with the College of Science to form the College of Engineering andScience and established an interdisciplinary PhD program in computational analysis and modeling along with a small number of interdisciplinary research centers. He explains how establishing such a program could be beneficial to smaller schools where graduates face limited job opportunities and where pooling the talents of interdisciplinary teams can help them compete for national funding in focused research areas. </p>
Mike O'Neal, "Restructuring Computing Programs to Meet Employment Challenges", Computer, vol. 37, no. , pp. 29-34, November 2004, doi:10.1109/MC.2004.220
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