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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the College of Computing & Informatics?

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 & Informatics?

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 formed?

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 to:

  • Position the University as an academic leader in computing;
  • Enhance cross-college interdisciplinary learning and research in computing;
  • Establish computing education as vital to all Drexel majors, improving student outcomes for computing majors and non-majors alike.

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 not-for-profit entities.

When will the transition to the College of Computing & Informatics happen?

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 reside?

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 advisor?

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 the Rush 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 requirements.

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.

For any other questions, please contact us at cciinfo@drexel.edu.