The College of Computer and Information Sciences (CCIS) began its drive
way back when the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) was still
known as the Philippine College of Commerce (PCC) in 1969. It had formerly
belonged to the Faculty of Accountancy in the era when mainframe computers
were generally used to process accounting transactions. Primarily,
short-term Electronic Data Processing (EDP) courses were offered, like
keypunching, basic computer system, and COBOL and FORTRAN programming
languages. At that time, only big firms could afford to install mainframe
computers. This situation urged the then program head, Dr. Ofelia M.
Carague, to forge linkages with companies that had mainframe installations
with available computer time. From then on, students started to run their
programs in various institutions, such as the National Computer Center
(NCC), UP Diliman, and any other EDP-training institutions. Moreover,
through the machines solicited from NCR Corporation, keypunching was done at
the University grounds.
After eight years, the Electronic Data Processing/Computer Data
Processing Management (EDP/CDPM) unit was formed under the Faculty of
Business and Cooperatives in 1977. It started to offer the Bachelor in
Computer Data Processing Management (BCDPM), a four-year ladderized academic
Through a memorandum signed by the then PUP President Nemesio E. Prudente
in December 1986, the EPD/CDPM unit was elevated to the status of a
full-fledged college and was called the College of Computer Management and
Information Technology (CCMIT), with Dr. Carague as its first dean.
The Bachelor in Information Technology (BIT) degree was then offered the
following school year in 1987. The said major was mathematics-oriented while
BCDPM was business-oriented. Likewise, degree holders from noncomputer
programs were given the opportunity to acquire computer knowledge through
the one-year Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Computer Technology. The names
BCDPM and BIT were retained for several years, and course syllabi were
frequently evaluated and updated to meet the growing needs of the industry.
In 1996, the battery test, which scrutinizes the student’s ability in
programming prior to second year level promotion, was defunct since the
programs were nonboard degrees. The college, however, still upheld its
quality program offerings through departmental examinations conducted during
midterm and final-term periods.
On March 9, 1997, in accordance with the Commission on Higher Education
(CHED) Memorandum Order No. 60, Series of 1996, which pertains to
restructured guidelines and standards for IT Education, the college
suggested major changes for its two degree programs. The former BIT was
changed to Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (BSCS) while BCDPM was
renamed Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (BSIT). These
propositions were applied in the school year 1997-1998, with the approval of
the academic council.
The college’s impressive competency in teaching IT-oriented courses got
the nod of approval of the Accrediting Agency for Chartered Colleges and
Universities in the Philippines (AACCUP), which made it possible for CCMIT
to attain its Level 1 Accredited Status in 2000. The same excellence was
seen by the CHED’s Center for Development and Excellence in Information
Technology (CODE-IT) that gave a special recognition to the college. In
2003, AACCUP awarded the Level 2 Accredited Status of CCMIT; in November
2007, Level 2 Accredited Status (Resurvey) was given to the college. In June
2008, the college implemented the hands-on final departmental examinations
on all programming languages, such as C, Java, COBOL, and C#.
With a plan to re-organized and look into the effective use of campus
facilities and streamline communication route, a room utilization project
was commanded by Dr. Dante G. Guevarra in 2009. The result of which
saw the transfer of CCMIT computer laboratories from its original location
in the 3rd floor South Wing of the Main Academic Building to its present
location at the 5th floor South Wing.
March 2012 saw the installation of a new university president in the
person of Dr. Emanuel C. De Guzman and adhering with the president’s vision
of turning PUP into an epistemic community, the Board of Regents approved
changes in the organizational structure which include realigning of units
and programs, renaming of offices and colleges to fit into new, merged
functions, and creating additional departments or centers. CCMIT is
now aptly called the College of Computer and Information Sciences (CCIS).
The rationale is that the importance of IT is no longer in the management of
structures but more so on the relevance and importance of available
information and being able to manage and utilize it (information).
After almost four decades of changes, the College of Computer and
Information Sciences continues its journey in molding globally competent and
skillfully trained future IT professionals.