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Indiana University Gets Approval for High-Tech School

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana University's newest school is designed to create graduates who can apply information technology to human problems.

The Indiana Commission for Higher Education last month gave the School of Informatics the go-ahead to begin teaching classes in the fall 2000 semester. It's the university's first new school in more than 25 years.

"The switch from a manufacturing-based culture to one that is information-based has had a profound economic and social impact, as well as affecting the ways we educate our students. By creating the School of Informatics, Indiana University is at the forefront of responding to this transformation," Dr. Myles Brand, the university's president, says.

The school will provide graduates with skills corporate recruiters say they need -- people with expertise in a chosen field and a mastery of information technology.

Officials say the new school will gather related information technology courses offered from academic areas under one umbrella. Start-up costs will be covered by a one-time grant of $1 million from the institution's strategic directions initiatives fund. …