Claire expands high-tech programs
Claire is recruiting additional students for its high-tech academic
programs in an effort to help meet the needs of Wisconsin's
technology-related businesses, particularly those in western Wisconsin,
a region known as Wisconsin's Technology Valley.
fall 2003, UW-Eau Claire will enroll at least 80 additional students
in its computer science, software engineering and management information
$1 million commitment to UW-Eau Claire from the state of Wisconsin
— known as the Chippewa Valley Initiative — is allowing
the university to add faculty and support staff in high-tech program
areas. Some of the monies also will be used to create state-of-the-art
computer labs, and provide additional research and internship opportunities
for students enrolled in technology programs.
joint venture with UW-Stout is part of a UW System economic stimulus
package designed to benefit the state — in this case, specifically
western Wisconsin — as well as students, Chancellor Donald Mash
said. The state had originally committed $2.4 million to the Chippewa
Valley Initiative but funding was reduced during the state Legislature's
budget negotiations earlier this year.
increasing the number of graduates in our computer science, software
engineering and MIS programs, we'll provide area businesses
with more highly qualified prospective employees," Mash said,
noting the Chippewa Valley is home to 15 percent of the state's
high-tech businesses while having just 3.5 percent of the state's
population. "A significant pool of technology graduates encourages
businesses to grow their companies here, which allows even more of
our students to begin their careers in the Chippewa Valley."
about 600 students are enrolled in high-tech programs at UW-Eau Claire,
with about 130 students graduating each year.
to the strengths of our high-tech programs, employers target UW-Eau
Claire students when recruiting technology graduates," said
Provost Ronald Satz. "More than 120 local and regional employers
with interests in computer science, software engineering and MIS graduates
visit our campus each year to try to fill some 200 positions in high
Claire's computer science and MIS programs already have internships
established with more than 100 companies, internships that often lead
to full-time job offers.
for qualified high technology professionals will likely continue to
increase, experts say. The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational
Outlook Handbook projects the occupations of systems analyst, computer
scientist and database administrator to be among the fastest growing
occupations through 2010. Employment of computer specialists is expected
to increase much faster than the average for all occupations as organizations
continue to adopt and integrate increasingly sophisticated technologies,
the Handbook states. It goes on to say growth will be driven by rapid
growth in computer and data processing services, which is projected
to be the fastest growing industry in the U.S. economy.
with an interest and ability in mathematics and logic, and who are
detail oriented, have an aptitude for technology-related professions,
thus MIS and computer science might be attractive majors for them,
said James LaBarre, chair of the MIS department.
increasing faculty and support staff in UW-Eau Claire's high-tech
program areas, smaller classes will be available, which will mean
additional support for students interested in these challenging programs,
said Andrew Phillips, chair of the computer science department.
faculty also will allow more flexibility in times that courses are
offered, which helps meet the needs of part-time and/or nontraditional
students with an interest in technology-related careers, Phillips
initiative allows us to do an even better job of serving our traditional,
full-time students, while increasing access for other students,"
UW-Eau Claire Web improved, old search engine
Claire's Web site has undergone several changes to its top-level
pages. One improvement is the new "search this site" function
found on the upper left side of each top-level page. The old search
engine has been replaced with a new system that returns results in
order of relevance and allows indexing from multiple servers. An option
to fold date relevance into the results is available by clicking the
"score using date" button, and an advanced search feature
allows users to further refine their searches. The new search engine
also provides tips on how to get the best results.
new feature, "skip links," which is on the home page of
each main category page, is transparent to most users, but beneficial
to people using special browsing tools. On the upper right side of
the page, a graphic target link is embedded that allows a browser
to go directly to the main content area on the page. Someone using
a screen reader, for instance, would otherwise need to press the tab
key repetitively past all the "hot links" and each item
in the "A-Z site lists."
finally, there have been some major enhancements to the "Calendar
of Events" system, including an improved interface for those
entering the information. A keyword search and the ability to display
by day, week, month or year also have been enabled.
more information about these changes, e-mail Lillian
Hillis at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 836-4214.
In Brief Calendar
of Events Faculty/Staff News
Liz Wolf Green, Editor
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
· Diane Walkoff,
Editorial Assistant ·
November 11, 2002