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Chronicle of Higher Education 18/6/99

A new report by the Computing Research Association says that the labor market for high-tech workers is indeed tight, but that universities can do little to alleviate the problem because they do not react quickly to change. The report cited limited resources, tenured appointments, commitments of funding elsewhere, and deliberative decision-making as reasons for universities' inertia in reacting to the labor shortfall. In its recommendations, the study called for universities to create technically oriented graduate programs, combining computer-science, computer-engineering, and information-science courses into certificate programs in "human-computer interfaces, bioinformatics, and high-performance computing." In addition, introductory undergraduate courses should be broadened to include business and communications skills for information-technology employees. More information on the report can be requested at

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