Last week, Governor Jindal announced the plan to end budget cuts to higher education. The overall $142 million funding increase will kick off with $14 million in funding over the next 10 years for expanded higher education programs.
Louisiana aims to increase the number of computer science graduates.
Five percent of these funds will be provided for expansion of the Computer Science Division of the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Louisiana State University.
Since 2009, enrollment in LSU’s College of Engineering rose 41 percent and enrollment in computer science programs rose 60 percent.
LSU dean of engineering Rick Koubek recently made an announcement regarding a new program: “To fast-track this progress, today I am pleased to share that, first, LSU’s Division of Computer Science has developed an accelerated degree program in which students can attain an LSU Computer Science bachelor’s degree in three years,” Koubek said.
This adds to the Geaux Digital Louisiana initiative that partners with schools throughout Louisiana to raise awareness of computer science programs.
The accelerated degree program will launch by spring of 2015.
To date, Koubek noted that LSU has designated more than $100,000 in scholarships for low-t0-moderate income families with an entering computer science freshman.