University of Texas at Arlington Students Must Be Computer Literate to Graduate

University of Texas at Arlington officials now require students to exhibit computer literacy in five distinct areas in order to graduate from the school.

Students must demonstrate proficiency in word processing, spreadsheets, e-mail, the Internet and online research through the school library. To meet the requirement, students can take a course or pass a computer literacy test.

"Basic computer literacy skills are now needed for most jobs in the marketplace," said Dana Dunn, vice provost for academic affairs. "Students who take the test can study the tutorials that come with it on their own, and then they don't have to take a four-credit academic course."

UTA classes start Aug. 30, and an information campaign has been planned to disseminate the news to students through the school newspaper, the advising staff and other routes. "We don't anticipate any problematic reaction, in part because we had student input from the beginning," Dunn said. Undergraduates were represented in the committees that designed the program and established the proper requirements and content for the tests.

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