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Drexels Computing Academy Approved as Option for Students Interested in Pennsylvania Governors Schoo

April 10, 2009

Drexel University Computing Academy is now recognized by the State of Pennsylvania as an official alternative to the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for Information, Society and Technology. After vetting the plan, which maintains the high academic standards previously set by PGSIST, the state has provided Drexel University with the 153 applications that had been submitted by students interested in attending PGSIST this coming summer. DUCA was developed jointly by Drexel’s College of Information Science and Technology (iSchool) and the College of Engineering’s Department of Computer Science after the cancellation of PGSIST due to sweeping statewide budget cuts. Drexel served as a hosting institution for the program for a decade, and thereby recognized the value of the program and how its focus on scholarship and leadership helped students build foundations for success as future IT leaders in Pennsylvania. The five-week residential program maintains much of the curriculum, activities, faculty and staff that were previously in place for PGSIST. Though it is a tuition-based program, students who successfully complete DUCA are eligible for a $3,000 scholarship should they enroll at Drexel. Additionally, the iSchool has allocated funds for partial or full scholarships to aid with DUCA tuition for those applicants showing financial need. “It is important to us that this program be open and available to all students who are interested and successfully meet the admissions criteria,” said iSchool Dean David E. Fenske. “We are thrilled to work with the State to provide students with a superior summer learning opportunity in computing,” said Fenske. “We hope to keep the spirit of PGSIST alive through DUCA.”

Founded in 1892, The iSchool at Drexel educates students in information science and technology at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels and features Drexel University’s Cooperative Education program. The College’s mission is empowering society by uniting people, technology, and knowledge through innovative education and research. The iSchool at Drexel is a founding member of the iSchools Caucus of 21 prominent colleges dedicated to immersing students in the iField — connecting people, information and technology. For more information visit www.ischool.drexel.edu

Building on Drexel University’s tradition of Engineering Excellence, the Department of Computer Science (CS) emphasizes interdisciplinary and applied research providing expertise and education in software engineering; artificial intelligence; cognitive modeling and human-computer interaction; computer vision and graphics; high-performance computing; networks and security; symbolic computation; and computer science education. The department recently established a joint gaming curriculum and research lab. CS currently offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees. For more information, visit www.coe.drexel.edu and www.cs.drexel.edu.

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News Media Contacts:

Susan Haine, The iSchool at Drexel, 215-895-6271 or susan.e.haine@drexel.edu

Niki Gianakaris, Director, Drexel News Bureau 215-895-6741, 215-778-7752 (cell) or ngianakaris@drexel.edu

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