Emporia State University announces plans for significant reinvestment in computer science program – KVOE

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The Emporia State University School of Business is about to receive a major update, specifically for its computer science program.
ESU announced Thursday that it is planning a multi-million dollar reinvestment that will see the construction of a new cybersecurity center along with a new full-time center director position. The center’s construction will be partially funded by a $1.5 million National Institute of Standards and Technology grant with ESU also planning to contribute an estimated $200,000.
A new tenure track computer science Ph.D. position will also be created as part of this plan. According to a statement from Dean of the School of Business Dr. Ed Bashaw, the Ph.D. position will allow the university to receive specialized accreditation from Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).
Bashaw says ABET is considered as the “premier quality assurance marker.”
Bashaw also says the new center will provide the department an opportunity to further “connect” with the Emporia community.
This is the third reinvestment announcement in as many weeks after ESU announced plans for the music and arts departments on Sept. 30 and Sept. 23. The university’s reinvestment plan also led to the dismissals of over 30 faculty and staff, as well as the upcoming end of the university debate program.
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