Drexel University College of Computing and Informatics
|Drexel University College of Computing & Informatics|
Rush Building, one of the buildings of the College of Computing & Informatics
|Dean||Dean David E. Fenske|
|Location||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA|
|Campus||University City Campus|
The Drexel University College of Computing & Informatics, formerly the College of Information Science and Technology or iSchool, is one of the primary colleges of Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The College of Computing & Informatics has faculty and administrative offices, research laboratories, and outreach centers in several locations including the Rush Building (Drexel University main campus; University Crossings (Drexel University main campus); 3401 Market Street (Drexel University main campus); One Drexel Plaza (Drexel University main campus); Monell Chemical Senses Center (Drexel University main campus); and the Drexel University Washington, D.C. Office>
The CCI was formed in September 2013 by merging the former College of Information Science and Technology (iSchool), the Department of Computer Science, and the Department of Computing and Security Technology. It is part of the iSchools Caucus, and also hosts the grad student-run Internet Public Library (ipl2).
The College of Computing & Informatics offers six undergraduate programs: the Bachelor of Science in Information Systems (BSIS), Information Technology (BSIT), Software Engineering (BSSE), Computing and Security Technology, Computer Science (CS), and the BS/MS Accelerated Degree Program which allows students to complete both a Bachelor's degree and a Master's degree in five years. Most of the undergraduates take advantage of Drexel's long-standing co-op program to get real-world work experience before graduation.
The iSchool also has a Peer Mentor program through which incoming undergraduate students are assigned mentors who are current students in iSchool programs. Any student can apply to be a Peer Mentor after their first year and be interviewed for selection.
The college offers master's programs including the Master of Science (MS) in Library and Information Science, the Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS), the Master of Science in Software Engineering (MSSE), the Master of Science in Computer Science (MSCS) and the online Master of Science in Health Informatics (MSHI). Apart from these specialized programs, a dual degree (MS/MSIS) in Master of Science in Library and Information Science (MS) and Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) is also offered. The college also awards PhD degrees in Information Studies and Computer Science, and offers various certificate programs for Professional Development.
The iSchool hosted the Pennsylvania Governor's School for Information, Society and Technology (PGSIST) from 1998 until 2008, at which time the PGSIST was canceled due to statewide budget cuts. The program included a full scholarship summer enrichment program which was committed to meeting the educational needs of academically talented high school students through a five-week-long on college campus program.
Developed jointly by the iSchool and the Computer Science Department, Drexel now hosts the Drexel University Computing Academy (DUCA). DUCA is a five-week program that allows high school sophomores and juniors with an interest in the computer field to not only learn about various topics in computing, but also to work on group projects, experience a university environment by living on campus, and participate in various activities in and around Philadelphia.
In 2007, the College ranked 5th nationally for specialized programs in information systems, 6th nationally for specialized programs in digital librarianship. Overall the library and information science program was ranked 11th for Library and Information Studies Specialties.
In 2009, U.S. News & World Report ranked The iSchool, College of Information Science and Technology's library and information science graduate program 9th for Library and Information Studies Specialties.
In 2013, U.S. News & World Report ranked The iSchool, College of Information Science and Technology's library and information science graduate program 10th in the nation for Library Science master's programs as part of the 2014 "America's Best Graduate Schools" edition.
The College was also ranked by U.S. News & World Report in 2013 in the following specialties: Health Librarianship (#1), Information Systems (#3), Digital Librarianship (#6), Services for Children and Youth (#9), School Library Media (#10), and Archives and Preservation (#12).
One of the College's facilities includes the Rush Building at the corner of 33rd Street and Lancaster Avenue. Constructed in 1904, the Hospital for the Treatment of Consumption and Related Diseases was named after Benjamin Rush, the famous 18th-century Philadelphia physician and one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. In 1961, Drexel University acquired the building to in part house its Graduate School of Library Science.
From 1978 to 1981, the Rush Building was renovated for sole use by the library and information science programs. The project cost $2.4 million, $1 million of which came from a Pew Charitable Trusts grant. 2006 saw the renovation of the lobby and expansion of the Alumni Garden. In 2008, the Computing Resource Center (computer lab for use exclusively by IST students) was remodeled and renamed the iCommons.
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- Digital Librarianship Specialty Rankings. (2013). Retrieved March 18, 2013 from U.S. News & World Report: http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-library-information-science-programs/digital-librarianship-rankings
- Services for Children and Youth Specialty Rankings. (2013). Retrieved March 18, 2013 from U.S. News & World Report: http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-library-information-science-programs/children-youth-service-rankings
- School Library Media Specialty Rankings. (2013). Retrieved March 18, 2013 from U.S. News & World Report: http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-library-information-science-programs/library-media-rankings
- Archives and Preservation Specialty Rankings. (2013). Retrieved March 18, 2013 from U.S. News & World Report: http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-library-information-science-programs/library-preservation-rankings
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