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Drexel Announces Library School Change

Drexel University announced that the University has created a new College of Computing and Informatics.  It will begin enrolling new students in the Fall of 2014.
The College will serve as a central hub for multi-disciplinary computing and informatics activities by uniting the faculty, staff and students from the:

  • iSchool, College of Information Science and Technology
  • Department of Computer Science (formerly housed within the College of Engineering); and
  • Department of Computing and Security Technology (formerly housed in the Goodwin College of Professional Studies)

Dr. David E. Fenske, Isaac L. Auerbach Professor of Information Science and Dean of the iSchool, will continue his service at Drexel as the founding Dean of the new college.  The move also addresses a national demand for graduates in computing and data science.

In addition to its undergraduate programs, the College of Computing and Informatics will continue to offer a MS degree in library and information science, as well as master’s degree programs in computing, software engineering, health care informatics and related areas.  It will also provide a number of professional development opportunities in diverse areas such as archival studies, competitive intelligence and knowledge management, digital libraries, youth services, cyber law and policy, cybersecurity and homeland security management.  The college will also offer a PhD degree in computer science and one in information studies.

“This new college recognizes the pervasiveness of computing and its applications in society and its need for professionals and for research,” Provost Greenberg said.  “It combines an outstanding computer science program, a highly regarded iSchool – with a nationally ranked library and information program – and a computer and security technology program with strong industry ties.  It is the first college in the Northeastern United States to use this approach.”

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