NEWS RELEASE: Pace University’s Seidenberg School becomes first academic institution on eastern seaboard to prepare software engineers for IEEE Computer Society certification exam.

Pace now offers students in Software Development and Engineering a rigorous program of preparation leading to certification as Certified Software Development Associates (CSDAs).

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Pace University’s Seidenberg School becomes first academic institution on eastern seaboard to prepare software engineers for IEEE Computer Society certification exam.

New York, NY – January 10, 2011 — Only 32 percent of all computing projects “are delivered on time, on budget and with required features and functions,” according to a 2009 report by the Standish Group, an industry consulting firm. Some 24 percent “are cancelled prior to completion or delivered and never used.”

Better software engineering is the solution to this problem, and a rapidly emerging way to improve it is for software engineers to become certified via a standard exam, much the way engineers are certified in older disciplines like electrical and mechanical engineering.

To accelerate that trend, Pace University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems now has become the first academic institution on the US eastern seaboard to offer students in Software Development and Engineering a rigorous program of preparation leading to certification as Certified Software Development Associates (CSDAs).

The CSDA, designed for entry-level software developers, was launched by the IEEE Computer Society in May 2008 to provide computer science and software engineering students their first credential toward a solid career foundation as a software development practitioner.

Beginning this fall, all Pace software engineering students will be required to take a course in Contemporary Software Engineering Theory and Practice as a core requirement in preparation for the exam. Students then will decide if they want to sit for the test, which will be given at an independent testing site. Under an arrangement with the IEEE Computer Society, Pace students will receive a 50 percent discount on the $400 examination fee.

Information is at www.seidenberg.pace.edu/sde or 212-346-1531.

Growing demand

Employers’ preference for workers with the certification is rising in step with the demand for software engineers. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, through 2018 software engineering will continue to be among the fastest-growing occupations requiring a bachelor’s degree or higher, with demand rising 30 percent.

In Manhattan and Westchester counties of New York State, according to the latest Pace/SkillPROOF IT Index, known as the PSII, which measures demand for various computing jobs, over the last year demand for software engineers rose 240 percent, surpassing even the pre-recession level of 2005.

“Sophisticated software now ranges from life- and mission-critical systems to recreational games,” said Sotirios Skevoulis, PhD, chair of Pace’s software engineering program. “Worldwide, the heightened importance of software has created the need for a well-educated and highly specialized workforce to design, implement and maintain it.”

He added, “Seidenberg was one of the first computing schools to bring hardware and software under one roof. Our experience tells us that for an economy increasingly based on high quality software, this kind of response is urgent.”

“The Seidenberg School provides professional education in the computing disciplines, and working with the IEEE Computer Society, as well as other professional societies, is a way in which we refresh our curricula,” according to Constance A. Knapp, Interim Dean of the School.

About Pace

For 104 years Pace has produced thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, it has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lienhard School of Nursing, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu .

About the IEEE Computer Society

With nearly 85,000 members, the IEEE Computer Society is the world’s leading organization of computing professionals. Founded in 1946, and the largest of IEEE’s 38 societies, the Computer Society is dedicated to advancing the theory and application of computing and information technology.

The  Computer Society serves the information and career-development needs of today’s computing researchers and professionals with books, conferences, conference publications, magazines, online courses, software development certifications, standards, and technical journals. The redesigned www.computer.org offers a rich repository of online content and tools, from Computing Now, which provides free articles and multimedia content, to the Build Your Career career-development site, and the e-Learning Campus, where members can access more than 3,000 online courses and 600 online books.

  The Computer Society’s Certified Software Development Professional (CSDP) program for mid-career professionals and Certified Software Development Associate (CSDA) credential for recent college graduates confirm the skill and knowledge of those working in the field. The Computer Society is also the producer of the Guide to the Software Engineering Body of Knowledge.

Known worldwide for its computer-standards activities, the Computer Society promotes an active exchange of ideas and technological innovation among members and technology companies producing today’s innovative products and services.

http://www.computer.org.

 Media contact:  Bill Caldwell, Pace University, 212-346-1597, wcaldwell@pace.edu

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