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Changing the white male face of cyber security

Curtis Levinson

7-July-2015 Small STEM university attracts women and minorities from around the world.

Capitol Technology University is a specialized university in the Washington DC area that specializes in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math).

It has about 60% visible minorities and women in its student body, according to trustee Curtis Levinson, who is a security consultant, and also the White House-appointed Cyber Security Advisor to NATO.

“Nonetheless, what remains is dichotomy that things are not even,” he said. “Collectively as a technological society, we need to have the faces of our technologies represent the face of the population. The problem is how to attract students, particularly women and minorities, into STEM education, because the USA is losing out to other nations that have far more inclusive STEM education programs. That includes everything from specialized intensive recruiting, to alternative financing.”

Post-secondary institutions are generally private or public non-profits, and public for-profit universities, typically online.

Unless you’re seeking the cachet and accompanying expense of a prestigious university, it’s no longer necessary to spend a fortune on an education. And yet for recent graduates seeking jobs, where they attended matters.

“If you have two resumes in front of you, would you hire someone from University of Phoenix, or Princeton?” Levinson asked. “You’d probably take the person who went to the known school, and has more interpersonal experience.”

Capitol breaks up its program, so that Bachelors have dorms. Masters are mostly online, with the option of campus participation if you’re in the area. Doctoral degrees are a mixture of in-person and online studies, particularly in-person with your doctoral dissertation advisor.

“The challenge is to attract women and minorities into quality STEM programs, where there are physical campuses and interaction with faculty,” said Levinson. “While there may be an online component, there certainly is the difference between having a campus where you can meet faculty, and living virtually in the world of online education.”

Plus non-profit schools tend to be different with financing. Some commercial for-profit schools also serve as lenders, at commercial interest rates.

“It’s becoming more difficult to find a job with one of those degrees that provides a reasonable break-even point on your loan repayments,” he noted. “So people are taking out life insurance policies, because they don’t want their children to finish paying their loans.”