It has been pretty obvious from the communication coming from the Provost at WWU that she hasn't the foggiest idea what Computer Science is or how students apply what they learn when they leave.
Top tier employers and startups don't really want vocational school IT folks. Some of the best system administrators I know have Computer Science degrees and use the knowledge that came with those degrees to kick ass, take names, and automate the crap out of systems they manage. They're over an order of magnitude more productive than the kind of system administrator that thinks that "big O" is Oprah's magazine. I've also seen SAs with no degree pick up these skills over time because they see that it makes them more productive.
A bachelor's in computer science, when it's done right, is something that teaches you the theory that allows you pick up most any tool in the field and find your way through to using it and realize it's strengths and shortcomings. IT on specific products or software engineering with specific tools is to Computer Science as the pipes and fittings are to Fluid Dynamics.