Established in 2001, the Engineering and Computer Science Initiative established a goal to increase the number of students graduating from engineering, computer science, and related technology programs. The Legislature approved SB61: Enhancements to the State Systems of Public and Higher Education, sponsored by Sen. Lyle Hillyard.
Funding for this initiative has impacted on degrees awarded in engineering and computer science. Since the initiative began, a total of 26,547 computer science and engineering degrees have been awarded. Annual degrees awarded in Engineering and Computer Science majors have increased by 65% since the initiative began.
The Initiative is managed by the Technology Initiative Advisory Board, individuals appointed by the Governor from business and industry with expertise in the areas of engineering, computer science, and related technologies.
Funding for this initiative goes to three main categories:
1. A student scholarship to encourage enrollment in engineering and technology related fields
2. Equipment purchases to improve the quality of instructional programs
3. Assist USHE institutions to hire and retain qualified faculty to teach in related majors