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NJIT’s Computing Sciences College Named Leader in Producing Graduates

College of Computing Sciences, founded six years ago, is New Jersey Institute of Technology’s (NJIT) youngest college. Nevertheless, the College has already established itself as a leader in producing computing-science graduates.

The college ranked 22nd in the nation for awarding bachelor’s degrees in computer science; 6th nationally for awarding master’s degrees; and 25th for awarding doctoral degrees in computer science, according to the most recently published data compiled by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The bachelor’s and master’s rankings are for 2004, while the doctoral ranking is for 2005.

The top universities in each of the above categories were listed in a recent issue of Computing Research News, a journal published by the Computing Research Association, a group comprised of academic departments of computer science, computer engineering and related fields.

“It’s gratifying that NJIT has quickly become a national leader in producing computer scientists and other professionals at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels,” said Narain Gehani, PhD, dean of the college. “America is simply not producing enough scientists and technologists to compete globally. So for the college to produce such high numbers of computing professionals is a benefit to New Jersey and the nation. This reflects our commitment to quality education at all levels.”

NJIT is one of only three universities in the nation to rank in the top 30 for producing computing professionals at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels. The other two are the University of Maryland and the University of Texas, Dallas.

In the wake of the dot com implosion in 2000, the market for computer scientists dropped, said Gehani. Consequently, student enrollment in computing science departments and colleges across the country decreased. But now that the demand for computing professionals is once again robust, student enrollments have jumped at the college, whose mission is to educate students in a broad range of computing disciplines while conducting cutting-edge computing research.

The college offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in computer science and information systems. It also offers a cross-disciplinary undergraduate degree in information technology as well as and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in bioinformatics. The college’s undergraduate degree programs in computer science and information systems are both nationally accredited.

One of the nation's leading public technological universities, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is a top-tier research university that prepares students to become leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. NJIT's multidisciplinary curriculum and computing-intensive approach to education provide technological proficiency, business acumen and leadership skills. With an enrollment of more than 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, NJIT offers small-campus intimacy with the resources of a major public research university. NJIT is a global leader in such fields as solar research, nanotechnology, resilient design, tissue engineering, and cyber-security, in addition to others. NJIT ranks 5th among U.S. polytechnic universities in research expenditures, topping $110 million, and is among the top 1 percent of public colleges and universities in return on educational investment, according to PayScale.com.