Computerworld considers UIS Computer Science Department a pioneer in online education
Computerworld, a leading IT magazine published in many languages and in many countries around the world, published an article called MIT and others launch a tech education revolution, which describes the four leading online programs in the country. The Computer Science Department is considered one of them along with MIT, Oregon State, and Udacity. According to the article, UIS was among the first institutions to bring computer science training online, beginning in 2006, with online enrollments exceeding on-campus enrollments today. The article also features the Department Chair, Dr. Ted Mims, and Michael Bernico, an online CSC student. The article points out that while most online programs attract students who live relatively close to the school's campus, CSC is an exception to that rule, because it started offering online classes much earlier than other institutions. “They were really thinking ahead."