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Board of Trustees approves cybersecurity degree

The Illinois State University Board of Trustees approved the creation of an undergraduate degree in cybersecurity. The degree program will be administered through the University’s School of Information Technology.

The new Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity program will help students acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for protecting information and information systems. The program is designed to prepare students to assess the security needs of computer and network systems, recommend safeguard solutions, and manage the implementation and maintenance of security devices, systems, and procedures.

The 80-credit hour degree is an extension of the existing information assurance and security sequence within the School of Information Technology. Enrollment in the new major is projected to be 125 students once the program is fully implemented.

Related Article: Illinois State meets growing need for cybersecurity professionals Read more about studying cybersecurity at Illinois State.

During their quarterly meeting in October, the Board also:
Approved an FY2018 appropriated operating budget request of $79.5 million and a capital appropriation request of $292.6 million. These requests will be formally submitted to the Illinois Board of Higher Education. The operations request of $79.5 million is 10 percent more than the last full-year appropriation of $72.2 million (which was the FY2015 level), to help alleviate the impact of partial state funding in FY2016.

Approved the renaming of the former Educational Administration Building as the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning. The building, located at the corner of North Street and Fell Avenue, will house the new center dedicated to civic engagement and service learning initiatives.

Authorized Illinois State’s Tech Zone and Student Technologies to purchase Apple Computer products for resale to University departments, faculty, staff, and students.

Approved funding for repainting student living spaces in the Watterson Towers residence hall and repairs to the North University Street parking garage.

 

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