The College of Computing and Information (CCI) is a unique community of leading educators and researchers and talented students, positioned at the forefront of the information society.
CCI firmly believes in the motto, “Empowering People Through Information,” and so its mission is to support world-class, discipline-based research and educational programs related to computing and information. With its partnerships in the corporate, government and nonprofit sectors, the College provides expertise and collaboration efforts that benefit New York State and the nation.
CCI students are immersed in a research-based learning community that provides them with relevant skills and perspectives that fully prepare them for a variety of careers. Whether they go on to be captains of the software industry, information policy makers in Washington, or school library media specialists in local school districts, they are at the forefront of social change, and ready to make major contributions to today’s Information Age.
History of Innovation and Leadership
When the College of Computing and Information (CCI) was established in 2005, it marked the latest chapter in a century-long tradition of being at the cutting edge of the Information Revolution. UAlbany founded its Library School in 1926, established the Department of Computer Science in 1968, and initiated one of the country’s first interdisciplinary Ph.D. programs in Information Science in 1990. In 2005, the University merged these three units to establish a critical nexus for education and research that enables students and society to harness the power of information technology.
Goals to Meet the Challenge of the Information Age
Employees in the 21st Century economy must be fluent with information and be able to create, analyze, communicate, and integrate information in their lives. CCI offers students the computing and information skills they need to succeed in this Information Economy. Through their research, College faculty address Information Age challenges as diverse as finding better ways to outwit cyber criminals to using information technology more effectively to help students learn.
The College is unique in the degree to which computing and information programs are integrated into academic disciplines, and also by its focus on real-life problems. CCI’s overarching concentration is on the development of effective information systems, and underlying its teaching and research are a number of common themes; human cognition, system design, organizational and social factors, and specific technologies, which include databases, networking and programming.