Communique from the Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M.
DePaul's Computer Science school, which has established a national reputation for excellence in information technology, digital cinema and interactive media, has taken on a new name and a new structure to position it better for the future.
Now known as the College of Computing and Digital Media (CDM), it is organized into two schools. The School of Computing (SoC) incorporates traditional technology majors such as computer science, software engineering and information technology. The School of Cinema and Interactive Media (CIM) features digital arts majors such as digital cinema, graphics, computer games development, animation and interactive media.
The restructuring will help CDM develop new courses and degree programs more rapidly within each school and with our other colleges, continuing its legacy of leadership in building cross-disciplinary programs.
With nearly 3,100 undergrad and grad students, CDM is one of the nation's largest colleges of its kind. It has received numerous national honors in recent years, including being one of the inaugural six universities selected to participate in the Sony Pictures Imageworks IPAX program to grow the visual effects industry. The college was named a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance by the National Security Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
What's especially exciting is that CDM will be able to promote the college and schools more effectively to prospective students and guidance counselors, increasing the number of high-caliber students who discover and enroll in our programs. CDM also will be better able to recruit, retain and promote top-notch faculty members across the disciplines. As a result of this clarity, employers and industry professionals will better understand the degrees held by our graduates.
The college’s hallmark will always be a dedication to innovative courses, teaching, world-class scholarship and leading-edge facilities and labs that provide technology employers with well-prepared graduates. I wish Dean David Miller and the faculty and staff of CDM the very best in this newly named and newly organized venture.