U of A planning for new school in growing field - Tucson News Now

U of A planning for new school in growing field

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Leaders at the University of Arizona are trying to make one school out of two; the goal is to get students ready to fill jobs for all sorts of fields involving computers.

By merging two programs at U of A's School of Information, the school would then become an iSchool.  These type of schools are evolving from programs formerly focused on specific tracks such as information technology, library science, and information science.

Schools focus on educating students for a range of professions from web development to data analysis.  Today a panel of deans from the top iSchools across the nation discussed the future for U of A.

Ken McAllister, the Planning director of U of A's School of Information says, "Information is ubiquitous, there's no job anywhere that doesn't rely on information. Our goal is to train the next generation of scholars and workers." Deans from other successful iSchools gave their input saying the University of Arizona is the perfect place for this to happen.

Allen Renear, Interim Dean of the University of Illinois says, "It's a major research national research university, iSchools flourish at places just like University of Arizona.  Right now, there are no iSchools in the Southwest.  U of A is looking to be the first one here to join 53 other iSchools across the world.

Faculty at the U of A hope to have the new school in place by next year. For more on U of A's School of Information click here.

Copyright 2014 Tucson News Now. All rights reserved.

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Winning $700 million Powerball numbers announced

    Winning $700 million Powerball numbers announced

    Wednesday, August 23 2017 11:34 PM EDT2017-08-24 03:34:20 GMT

    The winning numbers in the $700 million Powerball lottery are 06-07-16-23-26, and the Powerball is 04. 

    The winning numbers in the $700 million Powerball lottery are 06-07-16-23-26, and the Powerball is 04.   

  • Mother charged with killing teenage daughter

    Mother charged with killing teenage daughter

    Wednesday, August 23 2017 6:50 AM EDT2017-08-23 10:50:33 GMT
    Wednesday, August 23 2017 6:50 AM EDT2017-08-23 10:50:33 GMT

    Burned remains found on the mother’s farm were identified as those of her 16-year-old daughter, who she gave up for adoption when she was a baby.

    Burned remains found on the mother’s farm were identified as those of her 16-year-old daughter, who she gave up for adoption when she was a baby.

  • Solicitor: Suspect in deadly Conway bank robbery to face two counts of murder, other charges

    Solicitor: Suspect in deadly Conway bank robbery to face two counts of murder, other charges

    Wednesday, August 23 2017 11:36 PM EDT2017-08-24 03:36:44 GMT
    Front: Brandon Council (Source: Conway Police), Background: The scene in Greenville, NC where Council was apprehended. (Source: WITN reporter Lynnette Taylor's Facebook Live)Front: Brandon Council (Source: Conway Police), Background: The scene in Greenville, NC where Council was apprehended. (Source: WITN reporter Lynnette Taylor's Facebook Live)

    The person of interest in the double-murder and bank robbery in Conway on Monday is in custody. Brandon MIchael Council was arrested in Greenville, North Carolina Wednesday, along with two other people, authorities there confirmed.  Brandon Michael Council was wanted for questioning in connection with the murder of two CresCom bank employees during a bank robbery at the CresCom Bank in Conway on Monday afternoon.

    The person of interest in the double-murder and bank robbery in Conway on Monday is in custody. Brandon MIchael Council was arrested in Greenville, North Carolina Wednesday, along with two other people, authorities there confirmed.  Brandon Michael Council was wanted for questioning in connection with the murder of two CresCom bank employees during a bank robbery at the CresCom Bank in Conway on Monday afternoon.

Powered by Frankly