A German literature major never anticipates a career in information technology, but Deborah Keyek-Franssen's unconventional career path isn't so uncommon among female IT officials on college campuses, she says.

Keyek-Franssen, the University of Colorado's director of academic technology since 2007, said women often enter the IT field at an advanced age, because they didn't major in computer science like their male counterparts who enter the field after college and have better chances for promotion after years in the profession.

That's why Keyek-Franssen is co-director of the Colorado Coalition for Gender & IT, an organization that tracks the presence of women in technology...

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