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A Proposal to Recruit Underrepresented Groups into Information Technology Careers

A Proposal to Recruit Underrepresented Groups into Information Technology Careers
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Author(s): Julie R. Mariga (Purdue University, USA)
Copyright: 2003
Pages: 3
Source title: Information Technology & Organizations: Trends, Issues, Challenges & Solutions
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-066-0.ch098
ISBN13: 9781616921248
EISBN13: 9781466665330


The term underrepresented groups in this paper include: Women, African Americans, Hispanics, and Native Americans. This is an example of a concept paper created for Caterpillar Foundation by one of their twelve “super” schools. Caterpillar Inc. has recognized twelve universities as “super” schools. The “super” schools identified by Caterpillar are universities they want to develop strong relationships with, donate money to and recruit from. However, they will continue to recruit at other universities not identified as “super” schools. The twelve super schools identified by Caterpillar Inc. are: Purdue University, University of Texas at Austin, North Carolina A&T University, Illinois State University, Bradley University, Southern Illinois University, University of Illinois at Champaign, University of Illinois at Chicago, Florida A&M University, Texas A&M University, University of Michigan and Georgia Tech University. One area that is important to Purdue University and Caterpillar Inc. is the recruitment and retention of students/employees that fall into the underrepresented group. This is a proposal that is being developed by Purdue University that will be submitted to Caterpillar Inc. to help all parties increase the number of students/employees that fall within the underrepresented group.

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