The College of Basic and Applied Sciences at Middle Tennessee State University is sponsoring an NSF project named Partners for Innovation in Information Technology (PIIT). PIIT is a three-year project with the goal of improving enrollment and retention rates in Computer Science and Information Technology (CS/IT).

PIIT has two foci:
  1. recruiting additional talented students into CS/IT majors
  2. retaining (and graduating) additional students in CS/IT majors
1. Recruitment is the first key to increasing the number of graduates able to assume CS/IT positions. There is a need to recruit more motivated, better-trained high school students interested in pursuing CS/IT careers. In order to facilitate this goal, PIIT will conduct:
  • CS/IT Professional Seminars for participating High Schools
  • CS/IT Summer Computer Camps - all camps are 1 week (5 day, 40 hour):
    • The Alice Camp
    • The Robotics Camp
    • The Multi-Media Programming Camp

2. PIIT will improve the retention and graduation rates of CS/IT majors by:
  • Engaging computer science majors in real-world problems as part of class assignments incorporated into courses.
  • Conducting summer software team projects mentored by a faculty member or graduate student to solve a real-world problem for a participating company.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number 0917840. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.