Commission on Computer Science and Information Technology


Commission on Computer Science and Information Technology

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What policies and practices will help more young people explore jobs in computer science, information technology and related areas? 

Chaired by Arkansas Governor and SREB Chair Asa Hutchinson, the Commission on Computer Science and Information Technology was charged with helping states expand access to challenging educational experiences in the fields of computer science, information technology and cybersecurity.

Publication November 2016 | 48 pages | (16V22)

Bridging the Computer Science Education Gap
Five actions states can take

The Report of the SREB Commission on Computer Science and Information Technology

SREB’s Commission on Computer Science and Information Technology offers five actions for states and schools to help more young people — especially girls, black and Hispanic students, and students from low-income families — learn computer science and explore and choose careers in computing fields.

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Demand, Curricula for Computer Science and IT

At the first meeting of the Commission on Computer Science and Information Technology in October 2015 in Little Rock, members learned about labor market demand for computer science and IT credentials and degrees. They heard from guest speakers about the National Science Foundation’s efforts to design engaging new curricula, the essential elements of cybersecurity pathways, and how the Pentagon trains those who serve the nation’s cyber-defense systems.

Commission members shared policies and practices in their own states and began offering recommendations on how to:


Commission on Computer Science and Information Technology

Asa Hutchinson, Governor, Arkansas, Chair

Conrad Appel, State Senator, Louisiana
Laura Arnold, Associate Commissioner, Office of Career and Technical Education, Kentucky Department of Education
Melanie D. Barton, Executive Director, Education Oversight Committee, South Carolina
Duncan Buell, Professor, Computer Science and Engineering, College of Engineering and Computing, University of South Carolina
Gretchen B. Caughman, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, Augusta University
Ann V. Clemmer, Senior Associate Director for Academic Affairs, Arkansas Department of Higher Education
Philip C. Cleveland, Interim State Superintendent and Deputy State Superintendent, Division of Career and Technical Education, Alabama State Department of Education
Walter H. Dalton, President, Isothermal Community College, North Carolina
Tom Dickson, State Representative, Georgia
Rod Duckworth, Chancellor, Division of Career and Adult Education, Florida Department of Education
Paul Espinosa, State Delegate, West Virginia
Brenda Gilmore, State Representative, Tennessee
David Givens, President Pro Tem, Kentucky State Senate
Bill Gossage, State Representative, Arkansas
Jim Halligan, State Senator, Oklahoma
Kathryn R. Hornsby, Assistant Commissioner, Office of Technical Education, Technical College System of Georgia
Donna Johnson, Executive Director, Delaware State Board of Education
Henry Johnson, Assistant State Superintendent for Curriculum, Assessment and Accountability, Maryland State Department of Education
Timothy J. Johnston, Program Coordinator, School Improvement and STEM Education, Arkansas Department of Career Education
Kenneth Langley, Project Manager, Research and Curriculum Unit, Mississippi State University
Mamie E. Locke, State Senator, Virginia
Marcie Mack, State CTE Director, Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education
Bruce Martin, Faculty, Information Systems Technology, Midlands Technical College, South Carolina
Janet Mason, Superintendent, Rutherford County Schools, North Carolina
Anthony Owen, Computer Science Coordinator, Arkansas Department of Education
Robert H. Plymale, State Senator, West Virginia
Tina Smith, Education Policy and Special Projects Director, Arkansas Public School Resource Center
David P. Sokola, State Senator, Delaware
Steven Staples, Superintendent of Public Instruction, Virginia Department of Education
Gray Tollison, State Senator, Mississippi
Barbara M. Wall, State Director, Career, Technical and Agricultural Education, Georgia Department of Education
Casey Wardynski, Superintendent, Huntsville City Schools