History

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 program.

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.

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