The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia gave the green light to George Mason University’s plan to start a school of computing, the Fairfax-based university announced.
Three departments will comprise the core of the school, which will be the first of its kind in Virginia, the university said: statistics, computer science and information sciences and technology.
Those departments are being pulled out of the Volgenau School of Engineering and into their own school, which will fall under the new College of Engineering and Computing.
University officials said the new focus will prioritize and elevate George Mason’s computing brand for students and research partners and further economic development in the community.
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