What is the College of Computing &
The College of Computing & Informatics (CCI) is the new
focal point for Drexel's computing and information research and
education. The combination of existing academic resources will
create a College with considerable depth and breadth for addressing
the opportunities and challenges of the information age. The
College will also serve as a central hub for multi-disciplinary
computing activities, which applications and utility span across a
wide range of academic domains. As the College continues to
showcase Drexel's long-standing strengths in computing and
informatics disciplines, its recognition as a world-class academic
unit for both research and educational programs will grow.
CCI combines the strengths and assets of many of Drexel's existing
undergraduate, graduate, and professional computing and informatics
programs. Specifically, the College combines The iSchool, The
College of Information Science & Technology; the Department of
Computer Science (from the College of Engineering); and the
Computing and Security Technology program (formerly housed in the
Goodwin College School of Technology and Professional Studies).
Who is the dean of the College of Computing &
David E. Fenske--formerly Isaac L.
Auerbach Professor and Dean of The iSchool, College of Information
Science and Technology--is the founding
Dean of the College of Computing & Informatics.
Why was the College of Computing & Informatics
In early 2013, an interdisciplinary task force was formed to
review the broad area of computing and informatics/information
studies programs available at Drexel and evaluate where programs
might overlap. The task force concluded that the University's broad
program in computing is at a tipping point-that strong growth in
the academic programs and in the R&D portfolio, both enabled by
an outstanding faculty body, creates a once-in-a-generation
opportunity to effect the academic organizational change necessary
- position the University as an academic leader in
- enhance cross-college interdisciplinary learning and research
in computing; and,
- establish computing education as vital to all Drexel majors,
improving student outcomes for computing majors and non-majors
The development of a powerful narrative around the University's
collective computing activities creates an opportunity to make
computing a centerpiece in the University's strategic growth. As
computing plays an increasingly critical role in all sectors of the
economy, a rich, coherent academic program in computing promises to
contribute to the development of the Innovation Neighborhood,
strengthening links to regional industry, government and
When will the transition to the College of Computing &
The new College of Computing & Informatics--joining the Computing and Security Technology
program, the iSchool, and Department of Computer Science--will begin in September 2013. Current students
will continue in their respective colleges/schools this academic
year (2013-14), and will continue on their current curriculum
trajectory. All students in the academic units in the iSchool,
Department of Computer Science, and the Computing and Security
Technology program will be matriculated in the new College
beginning in the Fall 2014 Quarter.
Where will the College of Computing & Informatics
CCI administrative offices, labs and classrooms will be located
in the following facilities: the Rush Building, One Drexel Plaza,
University Crossings, 3401 Market Street, and the Monell Chemical
Senses Center (click
here to view Drexel University's main campus map). Because the
faculty, staff, and student numbers will increase as three
colleges/schools join as one, Drexel leadership will be searching
for a new building in the coming months to accommodate growth in
projected space and resource needs.
What will happen to any research centers or institutes tied
to the colleges/schools that make up CCI?
All research centers and initiatives tied to the Computing and
Security Technology program, the iSchool, and/or the Department of
Computer Science will continue without disruption. Research centers
and initiatives will now benefit from a larger pool of research
experts in the computing and informatics fields.
Will my advisor change? Where can I visit my
Advisors assigned to students in the iSchool, Department of
Computer Science, and the Computing and Security Technology program
will not immediately change; however, as the College grows,
advisors may change. Advisors for iSchool and Department of
Computer Science student will now reside in a central location in
Building (Room 306). Advisors within the Computer Security
& Technology program have not changed their location.
You may continue to send your advisor questions via email or make
an appointment to meet in person.
Will my courses/degree requirements change?
No. There are no immediate plans to change courses or degree
From which college will I graduate?
Current students will continue in their respective
colleges/schools this academic year and graduate from their current
college. Effective for Fall Quarter 2014 and beyond, all majors
will graduate from the College of Computing & Informatics.
What will it say on my diploma?
Your diploma will list the University's name and your degree.
Colleges are not listed on your diploma, only degree names.
Will I still be able to take classes at Drexel at
Burlington County College (BCC)?
Yes. Classes at BCC will not change their location for the
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