NJIT To Open College Of Computing Sciences

NEWARK, June 11- The New Jersey Institute of Technology Board of Trustees has announced the formation of a College of Computing Sciences, the first college of its kind in New Jersey. NJIT's new College of Computing Sciences will open its doors July 1, 2001.

"In creating the College of Computing Sciences, NJIT builds upon one the oldest and largest computer science educational programs in the nation. This public research university has been in the vanguard of computing education and research for more than two decades. The Information Revolution is transforming society -- creating new careers, new industries, new academic disciplines, and now colleges," said James A. Kennedy, chair of the NJIT Board of Trustees.

NJIT President Saul K. Fenster explained, "We have witnessed for a number of years an astonishing growth in enrollment in computer science and information systems, making this department one of the largest in the region, if not the nation. The demand for talented graduates knowledgeable in these areas continues to grow. It makes sense to respond to our future students, and the needs of the economy, by offering more intensive, inspiring and expanded educational opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students studying computing sciences and by expanding our research activities in the many fields associated with the mission of the college."

The College of Computing Sciences encompasses a department of computer science-- focused on both the theoretical areas of computing and the development of new computer technology, as well as a department of information systems-- concentrated on applications involving people and organizations.

Degree programs will include a B.A./B.S. in Computer Science, a B.S. in Human-Computer Interaction, and a B.A. /B.S. in Information Systems.

Among the distinguished faculty engaged in research with students and colleagues are virtual classroom pioneers Murray Turoff and Roxanne Hiltz whose landmark work in creating and developing distance learning ignited a revolution in education. Also involved in the college will be Joseph Leung, a leading researcher in scheduling theory, real-time solutions, and the design and analysis of algorithms.

"Computing and information technology have driven about a third of the nation's economic growth since 1992 and the pace is accelerating. The new marketplace demands an understanding of computing systems, global communications networks, and interactive information resources. It requires the ability to apply computational ways of thinking to design, to writing, to experimentation, to artistic expression, and to problem solving -- to the very core of human intellectual activity. Just as higher education requires writing skills that go beyond the mechanics of sentence and paragraph structure, the Information Age requires scientific skills that go beyond the mechanics of programming and the use of software packages," said Fenster.

The College of Computing joins NJIT's five colleges: Newark College of Engineering, New Jersey School of Architecture, College of Science and Liberal Arts, School of Management, and Albert Dorman Honors College. Learn more about the College of Computing Sciences at ccs.njit.edu.  

NJIT is a public research university enrolling over 8,200 bachelor's, master's and doctoral students in 80 degree programs through its five colleges: Newark College of Engineering, New Jersey School of Architecture, College of Science and Liberal Arts, the School of Management and the Albert Dorman Honors College. Research initiatives include manufacturing, microelectronics, multimedia, transportation, computer science, solar astrophysics, environmental engineering and science, and architecture and building science. According to Yahoo! Internet Life magazine rankings, NJIT has been America's most wired public university for three consecutive years.

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