Dean: Yong Tao
Beginning in 1975 with the creation of a graduate computer science program under the direction of Dr. Edward Simco, the school has been a pioneer in computing research and education. With its first general purpose computer, a VAX 11/780, the school began offering online programs in 1983 and created the first electronic classroom in 1985.
In 1981 Drs. John Scigliano and Abraham Fischler brainstormed on the prospect of starting a Doctorate in Information Science to information library science professionals using telecommunications as the major delivery medium.
The Center for Computer-Based Learning (CBL) was formed in 1983 to build a new delivery mechanism for learning computer-mediated communications for “online” learning. The Doctorate in Information Science (DAIS) starts.
The school creates the first electronic classroom (ECR) in 1985 with the Master of Science in Computer-Based Learning online program. This program had eight common core courses and seven specializations of study, including training and learning (MSTL), information resource management (MIRM), and information systems (MIS).
In 1989 the Center for Computer-Based Learning (CBL) and Center for Computer Science (CCS) merge to form The Center for Computer and Information Sciences (CCIS). The new school now supported areas of specializations in computer science, computer information systems, information systems, information science, and computing technology in education. Dr. Edward Lieblein, dean of the school from 1993 - 2009.
Today the school provides educational programs of distinction to prepare students for leadership roles in its disciplines. It is distinguished by its ability to offer on-campus, online (via the Internet), and combined on-campus/online formats that enable professionals to pursue M.S. and Ph.D. degrees without career interruption. The school also welcomes students who wish to earn the M.S. and Ph.D full-time, whether on-campus or online.