New developments in coding and coding-related careers have brought new opportunities for developers, but a few dozen students at a small New York university have been left behind.
The University of Southern California (USC) is a private university that provides a number of online education programs.
In recent years, however, USC has been struggling to find the right people for the new programming-focused programs it offers, and one of those is now under fire.
Last year, USC released a new program that required graduates to take the “Coding for America” certification in order to be considered for employment.
The certification, which is currently only available for developers on the US’s Department of Defense (DoD), is an online certification that requires applicants to pass tests that are considered critical in determining whether or not they can pass the university’s own coding proficiency tests.
In a recent interview with the New York Times, USC’s president said the new certification was “a great initiative” that would help the university attract “highly qualified candidates” and attract talented people who could “create value for USC”.
The new certification, created by USC’s Institute for Technology, requires candidates to have completed an undergraduate course in computer science and have “passed at least one of the departmental coding assessments”, according to the university.
The DoD certification is the second one that USC has issued this year, following a similar certification for developers who have completed the University of Texas at Austin’s online course.
According to the Times, the certification was designed to “provide an opportunity to attract highly qualified candidates and to develop the skills needed to compete in the increasingly competitive coding world”.
The USC program is not the only one that has been under fire for its coding requirements.
Earlier this year another private college, The University of Wisconsin-Madison, issued a statement in which it said that the requirements “may not be appropriate for a college education, particularly for people with an interest in pursuing a career in software development”.
This statement was quickly condemned by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, which said that its “disagreement with UW-Madison’s statement is that we do not believe that coding-specific requirements are appropriate for college education”.
The statement also pointed out that the US Department of Education (USDOE) does not regulate the certification, meaning that if a person is not eligible to take a certification course at an institution, it does not mean that they can’t be considered.
However, the USDOE is not alone in its criticism of the requirements, as other colleges and universities have also issued their own statement against the requirements.
At the University, the new requirements are not only not as stringent as the requirements in the DoD curriculum, but also do not include a “code of conduct”, which is a set of guidelines and guidelines that outline how to behave in a workplace and how to be a responsible member of society.
In an interview with The Washington Post, Dean of Students and Vice President for Technology at USC Ben Soderberg said the requirements were not designed to help developers but to “make sure we’re hiring the right team members”.
According to The Washington Times, “Soderberg told the paper that USC’s coding standards are aligned with the standards set by the United States Department of Labor and were intended to help students and the broader community.”
It’s a really important way to help us get a better sense of the kinds of skills that people can acquire if they’re interested in working in software engineering, he said.
“We’re just really trying to ensure that we have a really good pool of people who can help us build out this program.”
The US Department’s Department for Education said that it “does not regulate” the certification but said that if it is issued, “it should be used to determine eligibility”.
According the US DOE, “The certification is not a prerequisite for employment in the United State of America”.
But a statement on the USC website said that “the Department of Homeland Security has recommended the certification to USC, and we have encouraged USC to continue the program to ensure the certification is available for future candidates”.
The school’s statement said that USC “has been working with DHS to implement the certification program”.
In response to a request for comment, a spokesman for the DoE said that “[a]n agency-wide requirement is the ability to demonstrate proficiency in coding” but did not specify if the certification requirement would include a code of conduct.
A spokesperson for the National Institute of Standards and Technology, which provides the DoT with the certification requirements, told The Washington New York Time that the certification “is not required for employment with DoD”.
“In general, the National Institutes of Health has provided standards for certifications and requirements, but the DoV has provided the same standards,” he said in a statement.