Indiana University School of Informatics

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The Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing is an academic unit of Indiana University located on the Bloomington (IUB) and Indianapolis (IUPUI) campuses. On the Bloomington campus, the School consists of the Department of Computer Science and Informatics and the Department of Information and Library Science. On the Indianapolis campus, the School consists of the Department of Human-Centered Computing, the Department of BioHealth Informatics, and the Department of Library and Information Science.

Schoolwide programs include the BS in Informatics, MS in Bioinformatics, MS in Human-Computer Interaction, Master of Library Science, and PhD in Informatics. Bloomington specific programs include the BS in Computer Science, BA in Computer Science, MS in Computer Science, MS in Security Informatics, Master of Information Science, PhD in Computer Science, and PhD in Information Science. Indianapolis specific programs include the BS in Health Information Administration, BS in Media Arts and Science, BS/MS in Informatics, BS/MS in Media Arts and Science, MS in Media Arts and Science, and MS in Health Informatics. In addition, the School confers a number of undergraduate and PhD minors and undergraduate and graduate certificates.

The School is dedicated to excellence in education and research, to partnerships that bolster economic development and entrepreneurship, and to increasing opportunities for women and underrepresented minorities in computing and technology. As of April 2011, 1,682 students are enrolled on the Bloomington campus and 976 on the Indianapolis campus.[1]

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The School of Informatics was founded in 2000 as the first school of its kind in the United States. That fall, the first classes were offered on both campuses. Two years later, in 2002, the School hired its first full professor (Bill Aspray) and conferred its first degrees (22 students).

By the end of 2004, the School had buildings of its own – a former sorority house on the north side of the Bloomington campus, and the newly constructed Informatics and Communications Technology Complex (ICTC) building on the Indianapolis (IUPUI) campus. In 2005, the Department of Computer Science joined the School in Bloomington, significantly changing the research and course offerings of the five-year old organization. At that time, the School had 1,500 students and had graduated 600 students.

In 2007, with the retirement of founding dean Mike Dunn, Bobby Schnabel, former vice provost/associate vice chancellor at the University of Colorado-Boulder, took over and remains dean today. The School has continued to grow, today boasting nearly 150 faculty, over 2,000 students and multiple buildings between the two campuses.[2]

In July 2013, the School of Informatics merged with the School of Library and Information Science and became the School of Informatics and Computing on both campuses. The merger was an opportunity to create a single school of expanded breadth, size, and quality that is united by a common focus on technology and address the rapid evolution of informatics, computing, and libraries. [3]

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