Good question. While it might be the case that having a CS degree helps one get a job, essentially no employers have a clue what an “Informatics” degree is. So in our specific case, the degree has no value, aside from being a B.S. at UW. All of the value comes from effective learning, the opportunities our faculty can give to students, and the relationships they build. Anything that erodes that erodes their ability to get a job. And we’ve already seen this as we’ve scaled: our graduating students, on average, know less than they used to know when we only had 70 of them, because we have less time for them.

Professor of programming + learning + design + justice at the University of Washington Information School. Trans; she/her. #BlackLivesMatter.

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