Technology Losing Popularity In Higher Education

By: Elizabeth Donatelli
By: Elizabeth Donatelli

May 24, 2005

What was one of the "hottest" industries among young people is losing it's popularity.

The number of newly declared computer-science major dropped 32 percent from 2000 to 2004, reported the Computing Research Association. Some in the technology sector are blaming the dot-com bust.

"They see that there was this balloon popping and not much to actually get them back," said Jason Haag, Director of Systems Engineering for Macrosoft Systems, Inc. "Also, with the additional problem of big companies outsourcing to China, India, even Russia now, they probably don't see a lot of future in that."

At UVa there were 54 computer science majors in 2003, which dropped to less than 41 in 2005.

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