Hi Lynn — I appreciate your insight and you taking the time to read my letter. It’s definitely a process, as with any paradigm shift. What I can say, at least at my CC, is that a bachelor of applied science is fundamentally different than a traditional CS degree, and in this, can help students differentiate themselves from the pack when looking for work.
The degree itself was designed and is continually informed by / improved with employer input, and to a large extent is a reflection of what’s currently happening in the marketplace. Along those lines, we emphasize:
- web and mobile development with open source stacks;
- agile development methodologies / scrum (all of our students to date have had the opportunity to become Certified ScrumMasters at little to no cost, and are doing agile across years three and four in the program — don’t know of a program elsewhere, CC or university, doing this);
- project-based learning, where students gain experience working in small development teams to build and deliver working software to a real-life client. The focus on delivery, in particular, has been something our grads point out as an advantage when interviewing with prospective employers.
All of which is to say the emphasis isn’t purely on theory, but on sustained, hands-on, real-world application. Helping students develop strong technical skills and a solid business and social acumen are equally important to us, and at half the cost of a university, BAS degrees make for a compelling option.
My two cents, anyways. Thanks again for reading.