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        >>> In the FWIW category, my wife teaches CS full-time at Montomery
        >>> College here outside of DC. They are pushing for on-line classes
as
        >>> much as possible, so I am going to put together a proposal to
put
        >>> together an on-line Ada class for them.
        >>> There is enough Ada work here in the area to justify
        >>> it, which seems to be a driving force with them.
        >>>  My wife thinks that there is at least a fair chance that the
        >>> powers-to-be would do it. Will keep y'all posted.

        >>> Joe

> http://www.acm.org/sigada/education
>
> If you have any more specific questions, I'll try to answer. One
> question that comes up often is "which colleges teach Ada?" Such
> a question is very difficult to answer, because there are several
> thousand colleges just in the USA. It would be at least one full-
> time job to try to track curriculum content to that extent.
>
> The website does link to a report on colleges teaching Ada as
> the _foundation_ (typically, the first) language in a curriculum.
> That site needs some updating, as we are losing some ground to Java,
> but it's a reasonable approximation. I think the true number
> of schools is within 20% of what you see in that list.
>
> One paper of my own might be interesting, though it's only
> sneakily an Ada-advodacy paper:
>
> http://www.seas.gwu.edu/~mfeldman/papers/aspirations.html
>
> which was published in June 1999 as an invited editorial
> in the quarterly of the ACM Special Interest Group on Computer
> Science Education (SIGCSE). You'll see the "Ada philosophy"
> in that article, even though Ada is mentioned explicitly only
> once or twice.
>
> Be sure to pick up John McCormick's keynote presentation from
> SIGAda '99, which is linked from the top-level SIGAda site.
>
> Mike Feldman
>

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