Mills Developing New Computer Literacy Curriculum for Undergraduate Students

Oakland, CA—January 9, 2017

Mills College is pleased to announce the development of a new computational literacy curriculum designed to give undergraduate students the skills to excel in an increasingly digitized higher education environment.

The new curriculum is funded by a generous grant from the Joseph and Vera Long Foundation.

Known as Compulit21@Mills, the new program will train students to analyze, comprehend, and manage data across the liberal arts disciplines. Students in all areas, from music to journalism to literature and anthropology, to mathematics and computer science, will gain the ability to evaluate the authenticity and reliability of information, use software to gather, process and manipulate data, and apply computational tools when solving real-world problems.

With its close proximity to Silicon Valley, where technology leaders acknowledge that women are underrepresented in their ranks, Compulit21@Mills will be a key component in closing the gender gap in technology. The curriculum will benefit the high percentage of students of color and first generation students, many of whom may lack full exposure to technology training before they begin their studies.

“The development of this curriculum supports and empowers our students to gain the technology skills they need to be leaders in their chosen area of study and beyond,” said Mills President Elizabeth L. Hillman.

Curriculum designed with the $199,874 grant will also significantly lower the amount of time Mills professors spend teaching fundamental computer literacy in disciplines that from the outset require a working knowledge of the digital environment.

About Mills College
Located in Oakland, California, in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area, Mills College is a nationally renowned independent liberal arts college for women with graduate programs for women and men. Ranked one of the top-tier regional universities in the West by U.S. News & World Report, Mills is also recognized as one of The Best 380 Colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review. Since 1852, we’ve been empowering students to become creative, independent thinkers who take and inspire action. For more information, visit