While the move centralizes administration of the program, it will not affect students' course selections. For A&S computer science majors, the biggest change will be their new CSOM faculty advisor.
"This change makes the administrative structure more coherent and takes the burden off the Mathematics Department, while still allowing A&S students the opportunity to major in computer science," said A&S Dean J. Robert Barth, SJ.
"This move is good for the students because it focuses the computer science discipline within those faculty who have the expertise," said CSOM Dean John Neuhauser. "And symbolically, this move breaks down the barriers between the schools and gives the Computer Science Department the recognition it deserves, with its own standing within the University."
"As far as the students are concerned, there will be no change in courses, but the centralized advising will help us do a much better job in helping the students," said Assoc. Prof. Edward Sciore (CSOM), chairman of the Computer Science Department.
The collaboration between the Mathematics and Computer Science departments started in the late 1970s, when A&S students began showing interest in the discipline. The arrangement worked well, but became somewhat distracting for the Mathematics Department and confusing to A&S students.
To ease the computer science program's complete transition to CSOM governance, several Mathematics faculty are helping their CSOM colleagues with the increased workload by teaching a few computer science courses this year, Sciore said.
Neuhauser said the ongoing spirit of cooperation between the schools and the two departments is indicative of the University's ability to pool its resources for the good of its students.
"Having a single source to go to for advising makes the students the biggest beneficiaries of this change," he said.
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