The Department of Computer Science seeks to prepare students for careers as computer specialists in Systems Analysis and programming, to enter careers in computer or software design, and for advanced study in Computer Science.
Our vision is to be a leader in Computer Science education and research within the state and achieve national prominence in both these areas.
Educationally, we will provide a student-focused learning experience to attract students of high-quality and potential from diverse backgrounds, and enable them to attain their educational aspirations by helping them to learn and pursue lifelong scholarly activities. We will inspire our students to succeed and contribute to society as future leaders of their profession.
Professionally, we will encourage and support academic, professional and personal development. We will support and foster ethical scholarly endeavors aimed at meeting the technological and scientific needs of local industry, government and society. We will strive to establish synergistic relationships across several disciplines, actively involving ourselves in harnessing the advances in computing research for the benefit of humanity. We will focus on multi-disciplinary, collaborative research and education initiatives that strengthen and grow our program.
To accomplish our vision in education and research, we will leverage and complement existing strengths of our department (bolstered by complimentary strengths within UALR) to focus on our five specific, yet deeply interrelated strategic goals.
- Increasing enrollment into the undergraduate and graduate programs by 5%*.
- Improving student success through involvement in research and development projects and early intervention.
- Investigate the feasibility of offering a 5-year BS/MS program in Computer Science.
- Reaching out to high schools and attract students with personal interaction (particularly important for GAME option and Mobile Computing).
- Strengthening the image of our Undergraduate GAME option.
- Working and collaborating with departments that have a “creative side” (e.g. theatre, graphics design, etc.)
*There seems to be a “trend” which is currently in the making. There is a rise of middle class in certain countries (Brazil, China, India, and Turkey, etc). This is resulting in more and more students coming to the United States to study. These students often come to the United States to study in a STEM branch. Meanwhile other countries are restructuring in a way which will result in many students potentially coming to the United States to study (mostly sponsored by their governments). By attracting these students to the programs offered by EIT, not only will the breadth and scope of diversity increase among the student population, but the local students will benefit from increased global perspective and competitiveness.
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- Focusing on submission of proposals for extramural funding.
- Building strength and visibility of our Cyber Security and Mobile Computing (e.g. mobile programming) initiatives.
- Working to enhance our High Performance Computing initiative and complete the paperwork on having it as an official center.
- Enhancing our strength and presence in the medical applications area. UAMS collaborations help, more ties with the Veterans Hospital should help as well.
- Doing the ground work and planning toward receiving the Cyber Security “Research” designation from the Department of Defense as a Center of Academic Excellence.
- Working with high school teachers and school districts to help them with their professional development and curriculum improvement.
- Having our experts appear on local media giving expert opinion on “trendy” topics.
- Working with the constituents from the industry to build and foster relationships that will help placement of our graduates and increase the sense of community.