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ERIC Number: ED537664
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 229
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-2671-2463-0
Undergraduate Information Systems (IS) Curriculum and Career Track Development in United States Colleges and Universities: Assessment of Adherence to IS 2010 Curriculum Guidelines
Bell, Corbin Christopher
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Utah State University
The objective of this study was to survey IS curriculum in AACSB-accredited Information Systems programs across the United States, to evaluate current adherence to the IS 2010 Curriculum Guidelines, and to assess the number and type of career track developments initiated as a result of less stringent requirements in the new curriculum guidelines. In addition, an analysis was conducted to see if curriculum in AACSB-accredited Information Systems programs across the United States changed significantly since other similar evaluations reported in 1996, and 2006, and whether it is closer in adherence to the IS 2010 curriculum guidelines. The findings of this study provide a current-state description of IS curriculums in the United States, concluding: (a) there is a wide range of adherence to the IS curriculum guidelines. In addition, none of the IS program assessed were either entirely compliant or not compliant at all; (b) some topics are widely covered (over half) as core curriculum while other topics are offered as core curriculum in less than half of IS programs; (c) very few IS programs have formally implemented the IS 2010 career track guideline recommendations; (d) IS programs implementing formal career tracks specify a reasonably small number of track options for students to consider; (e) IS programs that include career tracks provide unique offerings beyond the proposed sample tracks depicted in the IS 2010 curriculum guidelines; (f) there appears to be reasonably well defined categories or clusters of IS programs as related to IS 2010 curriculum guideline adherence; and (g) IS program faculty describe a higher perceived adherence to IS curriculum guidelines than what is actually assessed in this study. The results of this study provide: (a) the IS community with information necessary to continue to adapt IS curriculum guidelines, standards and policies to relevant IS needs and demands; (b) IS departments with information and decision making ability for offering enhanced IS curricula; (c) IS students with the benefit of a more targeted and individualized curriculum; and (d) society the potential receipt of more prepared graduates entering the workforce as the next generation of IS professionals. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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