Georgia Tech (GT) is pioneering a completely new approach to the teaching of computer science that school officials hope will renew interest in a flagging field and better prepare students for the challenges of the 21st-century workplace. Already, the program has resulted in a 20-percent increase in enrollment in its first year of implementation. Dubbed "Threads," the program shuns a traditional degree in favor of a more personalized approach--one that aims to make every course students enroll in, either inside or outside their major field of study, more relevant to their professional aspirations. Officials at the school's nationally recognized College


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