The vision of the department is to be recognized nationally and internationally for delivering outstanding computer science education and conducting research of high distinction, both of value and relevance to the communities we serve.
The mission of the department is to
- provide outstanding undergraduate and graduate education in computer science;
- conduct research that advances the state of the art in computer science;
- partner with other programs in the college, the university and the other communities we serve in activities that demonstrate the role of computer science in information science and technology; and
- ensure our efforts are of value and relevance to those we serve by continual assessment and improvement.
Current department goals include the following, and progress has been made on a number of these.
- Achieve better communication between faculty and adjuncts.
- Have more communication between the faculty and the advisors.
- Have more CS faculty use of the grant-writing specialist with appropriate lead time.
- Initiate more research projects with the medical school.
- Establish a student chapter of the ACM.
- Focus on support for two or three research areas.
- Assign mentors to new faculty.
- Articulate the department's goals and aspirations to the administration.
- Make more effort to involve undergraduates in research.
- Solicit funding from local industry for inviting speakers to visit the department and to sponsor M.S. and Ph.D. students.
- Consider removing courses with low or waning enrollment.
- Have a departmental systems staff to support all machines used for teaching and research.
- Hire new faculty for HCI and high-performance computing.
- Hire more female faculty.
- Make more scholarships available for graduate students.
- Increase faculty salaries to keep up with national averages.