Xavier and Microsoft—Elaine Crable likes the way that sounds. So in the spring, Crable, chair of the University’s information technology department, jumped at the chance to make her program the first American member of the Microsoft Developer Network Academic Alliance. The alliance gives free on-site help in curriculum development and provides free software to IT programs—and all of the students within them. In the bargain, Microsoft’s products become an integral part of the curriculum.
“We’re finding that Microsoft is a key part of business now,” Crable says. “So this allows us to teach the students what they’re going to be using anyway, and gives them copies of the software to be working with every day. In the end, it will also help them work for certification in Microsoft products, which will make them very marketable.”