Two degree programs have been redesigned and rebranded: the Information Security Program becomes Cyber Security Program and the Management Information Sciences Program becomes Information Systems Program with two pathways: Analytics and Project Management.
The Computing Sciences programs form the Department of CIS again. Dr. Andy Igonor is the department chair.
The Computing Sciences programs at Franklin Univeristy become a part of the Department of Science, Technology, & Mathematics.
The Information Security Program begins.
Several related technology majors have been developed over the years to serve as options and meet the specialized needs of some IT roles in business organizations:
2003Management Information Sciences combines the study of the basic business functions of an organization with the study of technology.
2003Information Technology focuses on networks, IT support, and systems administration.
2007Web Development focuses on web programming and web-based applications.
The Master of Science in Computer Science program initiated.
The first chair of the Computer Science program was Robert Johnson, Ph.D. He left in about 1987 and was followed as chair by Robert Vermilyer, MS. Subsequent chairs have been Marianne Vakalis, Ed.D., Ronald Hartung, Ph.D., who departed in 2011, and James Perry, Ph.D. (2012-2014).
There were 112 Computer Science majors in Fall 1985. By Fall 1989, that number had almost doubled to 215.
Initially, students obtained their computer access via a time-sharing system provided (at no charge) by Battelle Memorial Institute. In later years, students made extensive use of computer labs on campus (Sun work stations and PCs). In recent years, fewer students use the computer labs on campus because most have their own computers.
September 1, 1983
On April 5, 1983, the Franklin University Board of Trustees approved the College of Science and Engineering Technology proposal for a major program in Computer Science, effective September 1, 1983.
An AS in Engineering Technology with a major in Computer Technology was introduced in 1982. A BS in Computer Management, a fore-runner of the current Management Information Sciences major, was also introduced in 1982.