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"Pipeline-in-a-box" Encourages Students to Continue Education

UNION, NJ - Representatives from four New Jersey community colleges visited Kean University for a discussion with academic technology expert Dr. Deborah Keyek-Franssen on Friday, October 9. Dr. Keyek-Franssen, a former Haddon Township, N.J. resident, presented Pipeline-in-a-Box, a toolkit developed for community colleges to encourage students to continue their education after completing two-year degrees in computer science or information technology.

Dr. Keyek-Franssen is the director of Academic Technology at the University of Colorado at Boulder where she provides strategic leadership in the use and evaluation of educational technologies. She also serves as co-director of the Colorado Coalition for Gender and IT (CCGIT), a statewide coalition designed to increase the number of women and minorities in IT fields.

The Pipeline-in-a-Box toolkit was developed by Dr. Keyek-Franssen, in collaboration with the National Center for Women and Information Technology. During her visit to Kean, Dr. Keyek-Franssen outlined steps to help increase participation by women and minorities in computer science, including communication between community college and university faculty, student recruitment, articulation of transfer pathways between programs and emphasis on retention and graduation. For more information about the program, visit

The presentation was hosted by the College of Natural, Applied and Health Sciences and the Department of Computer Science at Kean University. Attendees included faculty from Brookdale Community College, Essex County College, Middlesex County College and Union County College, as well as Kean faculty.

Kean University works closely with community colleges in New Jersey to streamline the transfer process for students interested in continuing education in computer science and information technology. Transfer students from Middlesex and Union County Colleges attending Kean have received National Science Foundation scholarships and Kean University Foundation grants to complete their degrees. For more information about the computer science and information technology programs, visit Kean University’s Web site at