Should universities hold cash-prize competitions to encourage more students to pursue degrees in computer science?

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How can the U.S. remain not only relevant in the technological age, but ahead of other nations in the global economy?

For years, this crucial question has perplexed educators and policymakers.

In 2013, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) published a report comparing American adults’ skills in literacy, numeracy, and technology across 24 countries.

Computer and technology comprehension results were discouraging: The U.S.  ranked 14th out of 19 in technology skills (problem-solving using a computer).

The question must be asked: What can college and university leaders do to offset this disturbing trend and encourage greater interest in computer science?

The University of Minnesota may have found a unique solution.

(Next page: Cash competition incentivizes innovation)


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