Undergraduate Education Program

Northern Arizona University

John Georgas
Flagstaff, AZ
December 2017

There exists a pressing national need to provide students with expertise in informatics, an interdisciplinary skill-set fusing computer science, statistics, the natural and social sciences, the arts, and business.  Informatics has emerged as a key competency in modem scientific inquiry and practice given the centrality of massive data sets and their analysis.  The School of Informatics, Computing, and Cyber Systems at Northern Arizona University proposes to implement a pathway that significantly expands learning opportunities in informatics for students across all disciplines, while also providing an avenue for further study in the Bachelor of Science in Informatics degree program.  The proposed pedagogical approach focuses on research-based learning in areas that have clear positive impact on human and environmental health, along with other techniques that are particularly supportive of the recruitment and retention of under-represented students, including women, ethnic minority, and first-generation students.  The work builds on substantial recent university investment in informatics education and research, and is distinguished by the systemic adoption of appropriate pedagogies integrated into the curriculum.  The proposed activities will reach more than 900 students during this project.

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