U.S. students are turning off to computer science degrees, fearing new technology jobs will be in India. The San Jose Merc reports on a new survey:
Undergraduates in U.S. universities are starting to abandon their studies in computer technology and engineering amid widespread worries about the accelerating pace of offshoring by high-technology employers.
A new study, to be published in May, shows there was a dramatic drop-off of enrollment in those fields last year — 19 percent — and some educators warn about the potential consequences for America’s global competitiveness.
Enrollment in undergraduate computer-science courses continued to grow after the collapse of the dot-com bubble until the sharp decline in the 2002-03 academic year, according to the Washington-based Computing Research Association. The number of newly declared majors in computer science also showed a sudden 23 percent plunge last year.
San Francisco State is trying to create programming internships for students to lure them back to information technology.