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WashU opens computer science course to Harris-Stowe State University students

Partnership aims to give Harris-Stowe students competitive edge in graduate school programs

(From left) Roch Guerin and Holden Thorp of Washington University in St. Louis, and Dwyane Smith of Harris-Stowe State University, create a computer science partnership between the two universities.

A new agreement between Washington University in St. Louis and Harris-Stowe State University (HSSU) will allow HSSU students to complete computer science course work at Washington University at no cost.

Leaders from the two universities signed a memorandum of understanding at a ceremony held April 20 at HSSU. Washington University Provost Holden Thorp, and Dwyane Smith, provost and vice president for academic affairs at HSSU, were joined at the event by a number of HSSU students and faculty representatives from both institutions, including Roch Guerin, the Harold B. and Adelaide G. Welge Professor of Computer Science at Washington University, who was instrumental in the creation of the partnership.

The agreement will enable HSSU students to take Computer Science 131 through Washington University’s School of Engineering & Applied Science. The course will be available online or in person.

Located in midtown St. Louis, HSSU is a fully accredited, four-year institution that offers 14 degree programs in teacher education, business and arts & sciences.

In 2014, HSSU ranked No. 1 in the state of Missouri and No. 47 in the nation in granting degrees in mathematics and statistics to African-Americans, according to the Missouri Department of Higher Education and the publication Diverse: Issues In Higher Education.

HSSU students interested in learning more about the course should consult with their academic advisers.