Excel­lence in Inter­dis­ci­pli­nary Grad­uate Pro­grams Rec­og­nized by Leading Industry Magazine

BOSTON — August 18, 2008 — North­eastern University’s Col­lege of Com­puter and Infor­ma­tion Sci­ence (CCIS) has been named as one of the top 10 inno­v­a­tive “IT Schools to Watch” by Com­put­er­world mag­a­zine. The ranking rec­og­nizes CCIS’ infor­ma­tion tech­nology grad­uate pro­grams, including the Master in Infor­ma­tion Assur­ance and Master in Health Infor­matics, as well as its Master in Com­puter Sci­ence. The recog­ni­tion fur­ther solid­i­fies Northeastern’s rep­u­ta­tion as a national leader in the devel­op­ment of inter­dis­ci­pli­nary pro­grams to address crit­ical tech­nology issues in a number of impor­tant fields, as well as its strong industry and gov­ern­ment partnerships.

We are delighted that our Col­lege has been iden­ti­fied by Com­put­er­world as one of the top inno­v­a­tive ‘IT Schools to Watch,’ said Larry Finkel­stein, dean of CCIS. “This honor reflects the com­mit­ment of our fac­ulty to pro­vide our stu­dents with out­standing edu­ca­tional pro­grams that will give them a sig­nif­i­cant advan­tage in pur­suing a career in the IT field.”

As the Internet con­tinues to be used more fre­quently for com­mu­ni­ca­tion and busi­ness, it becomes increas­ingly impor­tant to con­sider both the tech­no­log­ical and social con­texts of main­taining the integrity of its infra­struc­ture. Drawing from the exper­tise of CCIS and the Col­lege of Crim­inal Jus­tice, Northeastern’s Infor­ma­tion Assur­ance pro­gram aims to secure the global infor­ma­tion grid by ensuring data pri­vacy and integrity, user authen­ticity, avail­ability and legit­i­mate use of system resources.

Recently, the National Secu­rity Agency (NSA) and the U.S. Depart­ment of Home­land Secu­rity (DHS) named North­eastern as a National Center of Aca­d­emic Excel­lence in Infor­ma­tion Assur­ance Research (CAE-​​R), high­lighting the University’s com­mit­ment to world-​​class inter­dis­ci­pli­nary and trans­la­tional research that solves prob­lems of global and soci­etal sig­nif­i­cance, such as cre­ating knowl­edge and solu­tions that can help our Nation to effec­tively pre­vent and respond to cat­a­strophic events by securing the global infor­ma­tion grid. The CAE-​​R des­ig­na­tion enables North­eastern to serve as a regional center of infor­ma­tion assur­ance exper­tise for NSA, DHS and other fed­eral agen­cies and pro­vide pro­grams aimed at training and retaining cur­rent fed­eral and state IT personnel.

In addi­tion, Northeastern’s Health Infor­matics pro­gram, which enrolled its first stu­dents in Sep­tember of 2007, com­bines the knowl­edge and exper­tise of fac­ulty from both CCIS and the Bouvé Col­lege of Health Sci­ences with the industry back­ground of prac­ticing IT pro­fes­sionals from the health­care industry. Grad­u­ates of the Health Infor­matics pro­gram, trained in both tech­nical and health care fields, will be uniquely pre­pared to help lead efforts to improve care through the adop­tion of leading edge tech­nology, address the shortage of infor­ma­tion tech­nology pro­fes­sionals in the health care industry and bridge the com­mu­ni­ca­tion gap between tech­nol­o­gists and health care professionals.

As the impact of glob­al­iza­tion and out­sourcing con­tinues to drive com­pa­nies to manage projects in a dis­trib­u­tive fashion, the most valu­able pro­fes­sionals are those who can work effec­tively across dis­ci­plines. In response to industry’s com­plaint that tech­ni­cally trained indi­vid­uals do not com­mu­ni­cate well, all three of the infor­ma­tion tech­nology pro­grams at North­eastern edu­cate stu­dents to work in more com­plex, global envi­ron­ments and strive to build a common vocab­u­lary so that diverse groups of pro­fes­sionals can work together to more easily over­come con­straints, exchange ideas, under­stand alter­na­tive styles of thinking and solve prob­lems. Addi­tion­ally, Northeastern’s Com­puter Sci­ence pro­gram recently added a required course, “Pro­gram Design Par­a­digm,” which pro­motes verbal com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills by allowing stu­dents to build soft­ware and defend their intel­lec­tual work in front of their peers during code reviews.

The devel­op­ment and design of the Infor­ma­tion Assur­ance, Health Infor­matics and Com­puter Sci­ence pro­grams at North­eastern are the University’s responses to the changing demands of the infor­ma­tion tech­nology world,” said Agnes Chan, asso­ciate dean for grad­uate studies in CCIS. “Our pro­grams are con­stantly evolving and answering society’s IT needs in a timely manner. They are flex­ible and strong in pro­viding both the­o­ret­ical fun­da­men­tals and prac­tical viewpoints.”

Computerworld’s guide to the top 10 inno­v­a­tive IT schools fea­turing North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, can be viewed here: http://​www​.com​put​er​world​.com/​a​c​t​i​o​n​/​a​r​t​i​c​l​e​.​d​o​?​c​o​m​m​a​n​d​=​v​i​e​w​A​r​t​i​c​l​e​B​a​s​i​c​&​a​m​p​;​a​r​t​i​c​l​e​I​d​=​3​2​2​738

For more infor­ma­tion on Northeastern’s inclu­sion in Computerworld’s inno­v­a­tive “IT Schools to Watch,” please con­tact Jason Korn­witz at 617–373-5729 or j.​kornwitz@​neu.​edu.


About North­eastern

Founded in 1898, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity is a pri­vate research uni­ver­sity located in the heart of Boston. North­eastern is a leader in inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research, urban engage­ment, and the inte­gra­tion of class­room learning with real-​​world expe­ri­ence. The university’s dis­tinc­tive coop­er­a­tive edu­ca­tion pro­gram, where stu­dents alter­nate semes­ters of full-​​time study with semes­ters of paid work in fields rel­e­vant to their pro­fes­sional inter­ests and major, is one of the largest and most inno­v­a­tive in the world. The Uni­ver­sity offers a com­pre­hen­sive range of under­grad­uate and grad­uate pro­grams leading to degrees through the doc­torate in six under­grad­uate col­leges, eight grad­uate schools, and two part-​​time divi­sions. For more infor­ma­tion, please visit www​.north​eastern​.edu.