ICS faculty and students held a “town hall” meeting in ICSpace to discuss issues. Among the topics discussed were the “no repeat” policy for introductory classes, the “B-or-better” policy in introductory classes for majoring in ICS, the availability of writing intensive and oral intensive courses within ICS, class scheduling, and changes on the prerequisite structure.
Faulty members also introduced themselves to students and highlighted their research.
Beyond issues of the curriculum, the most lively discussion ensued around the question of why a student should pursue a degree in computer science instead of some kind of technical certification from a programming bootcamp. This is a complex issue that deserves thought, and we were happy to explore it.
Oh, and there was pizza.
Many thanks to the students and faculty who participated. A special mahalo to the Academic Advising staff who also participated.
Missed it? We will be having regular meetings of this type as long as students keep showing up.