Computer Information Technology Program

Apply computer, networking or database skills to challenges facing the Internet, mobile technologies, cloud computing, cyberforensics and more.

Mission Statement

The Department of Computer and Information Technology educates professional practitioners and managers of information technology, accelerates information technology transfer to business and industry, and develops innovations in the application of emerging information technology through learning, engagement, and discovery by its faculty and students.

  • To its students, the department provides world-class curricula that facilitate student-centered and laboratory-based learning of information technologies that are relevant to their lives and careers, valuable in terms of content and competencies, and connected to the needs of industry.
  • To industry, the department produces practitioner-oriented information technology professionals and future leaders who can immediately contribute to problem solving and business results through application of information technology. Computer and Information Technology actively partners with industry through engagement that both contribute to life-long learning as well as the discovery of application of information technology solutions to business needs.
  • To other educators, the department is a partner through professional service and discovery of learning that extends the frontiers of information technology education and outreach.
  • To society, the department is a citizen and partner that advance the economic and social development of the State of Indiana , the nation, and the world through technology transfer .

CIT's educational objectives derive directly from the mission statement

Education Objectives

Several years after graduation, CIT students will be: 

  1. practitioner-oriented information technology professionals 

  2. problem solvers who apply information technology solutions to business needs 

  3. future information technology leaders 

  4. life-long learners 

CIT's program outcomes identify expectations for students immediately upon graduation. These outcomes align well with the four program outcomes as shown below:

Program Outcomes

CIT prepares students to be:

  1. practitioner-oriented information technology professionals

    1. Use and apply information systems solutions
    2. Understand and apply high-level tools and emerging technologies
    3. Use and apply systems theory and concepts
  2. problem solvers who apply information technology solutions to business needs

    1. Demonstrate independent critical thinking and problem solving skills
    2. Understand and apply system development methodologies
  3. future information technology leaders

    1. Communicate effectively with customers, supervisors and peers, both orally and in writing
    2. Work effectively in teams to achieve a common goal
    3. Manage projects, change, resources, and conflict
  4. life-long learners

    1. Understand the expectations of an Information Technology professional

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Bachelor of Science degree program in Computer and Information Technology will achieve the following learned capabilities:

a. An ability to apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the program’s student outcomes and to the discipline

b. An ability to analyze a problem, and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution

c. An  ability to design, implement, and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component, or program to meet desired needs

d. An ability to function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal

e. An understanding of professional, ethical, legal, security and social issues and responsibilities

f. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences

g. An ability to analyze the local and global impact of computing on individuals, organizations, and society

h. Recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in continuing professional development

i. An ability to use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for computing practice.

j. An ability to use and apply current technical concepts and practices in the core information technologies of human computer interaction, information management, programming, networking, and web systems and technologies.

k. An ability to identify and analyze user needs and take them into account in the selection, creation, evaluation and administration of computer-based systems.

l. An understanding of best practices and standards and their application.

m. An ability to assist in the creation of an effective project plan.

n. An ability to effectively integrate IT-based solutions into the user environment.

Enrollment Trends

  2008-2009 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017
West Lafayette 444

432

395 364 359 403 467 547 589
Anderson - - - - - - - 7 8
Columbus 26 29 37 30 27 25 15 18 29
Kokomo 25 24 46 46 47 36 35 39 44

Number of Graduates

  2008-2009 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016
West Lafayette

80

108 106 86 85 87 96 86
Anderson - - - - - - - -
Columbus 1 3 5 5 3 6 2 1
Kokomo 4 7 10 9 14 7 8 4