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Last modified: Friday, August 22, 2008

IU School of Informatics named to Computerworld's top IT schools to watch

Aug. 22, 2008

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Computerworld magazine announced in its August 2008 issue its "Top IT Schools to Watch 2008," and the Indiana University School of Informatics was among the 10 schools recognized in a feature article on graduate programs.

The schools, including institutions such as Carnegie Mellon University, Stanford University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Virginia, were selected based on how well they were keeping pace with today's IT workplace, and the relevance of their curriculum to the ever-changing technology industry.

IU's School of Informatics was touted for not only providing students with real-world experience, but for its interdisciplinary approach to the field and for the responsiveness of its faculty and the students.

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The list was compiled by a panel of more than two dozen IT executives, hiring managers, recruiters and academics who were asked to help identify the country's leading-edge schools for IT workers seeking to advance their careers. They considered graduate-level IT programs and schools that give graduates the best value in terms of salary increases or promotions vs. cost of tuition, and that best gear their curriculum to the everyday demands of today's IT workplace.

From the IT schools selected by the panel, Computerworld editors chose the innovative IT schools to profile. Finally, Computerworld partnered with to survey alumni at the schools, asking for feedback on their satisfaction with their schools' program.

"We are honored to be part of Computerworld's list for 2008," said Bobby Schnabel, dean of the School. "It is gratifying to be in the company of schools that have long been considered at the top of the computing field, and to gain recognition for our still young set of graduate programs in informatics."

The complete story can be found in the August issue of ComputerWorld magazine and online at

Founded in 2000 as the first school of its kind in the United States, the Indiana University School of Informatics is dedicated to research and teaching across a broad range of computing and information technology, with emphases on science, applications, and societal implications. The school includes the Departments of Computer Science and Informatics on the Bloomington campus and Informatics on the IUPUI campus.

The school administers a variety of bachelor's and master's degree programs in computer science and informatics, as well as Ph.D. programs in computer science and the first-ever doctorate in informatics. The School is dedicated to excellence in education and research, to partnerships that bolster economic development and entrepreneurship, and to increasing opportunities for women and underrepresented minorities in computing and technology. For more information, visit