Greetings SCIS students,
As we are beginning a new academic year, I would like to welcome you or welcome you back to the School of Computer Information Systems (SCIS) at Virginia International University. Our aim at SCIS is to empower you to realize your dreams, discover your passion and accomplish your educational and professional objectives to become globally competent professionals and leaders in the computer technology field. Please know that we are committed to providing high-quality programs delivered by highly qualified and committed faculty. Make sure to be engaged in building your future and reach out if you have any questions or need support to your instructors, advisers, and deans.
We are very excited about several initiatives we are carrying on in the School of Computer Information Systems this coming academic year. The School of Computer Information Systems will host its second International Conference on Computing and Technology on November3-4, 2017. We are very excited to announce several keynote speakers, including: Rene Forney, CEO Forney Group; Matt Larson, Vice-President of Research at ICANN; F. Brett Berlin, Director of the Capstone Program at GMU; and Dr. Jagdish Patni from the Center of Information technology in Dehradun, India. Please visit the Conference Website at https://conference.viu.edu/icct/ for more information.
Secondly, as you know, VIU requires that students adhere to the Code of Academic Excellence in order to build upon and foster the educational demands of the institution. Preserving the integrity of learning is as much a priority for online courses as it is for on ground courses. Please visit http://www.viu.edu/sed/prospective-students-2/study-at-viu-3/academic-integrity.html for more details.
Thirdly, we would like to strongly recommend for you to be engaged in your learning, starting with attendance. Research has proven that there is a high correlation between school attendance and academic performance and success, while absence from school is often the greatest single cause of poor performance and achievement. Since student engagement is a key driver for student learning and success, the School of Computer Information Systems will foster approaches to engage students inside and outside the classroom with the goal of enhancing academic quality and performance. We are thrilled to announce that the School of Computer Information Systems will work with the division of Student Affairs to emulate and complement their Leadership and Mentorship Program.
Finally, please feel to contact me to schedule a visit if you need any assistance. I look forward to hearing from you and wish you the best as you embark in or continue your academic journey.
Dr. Chakib Chraibi