"Inspiration is the most important part of our digital strategy."
Why are we here?
... to pursue new, exciting career opportunities
... to chart a new course
... to transform the way we do business
ISM is recognized as a preeminent academic program whose graduates are known as ethical leaders in the information systems fields of inbound information technology and enterprise analysis.
Here are the goals of the ISM program. These are the top four (4) areas that ISM is focused on.
- Students and faculty are recognized for their contribution to the creation of knowledge in their chosen Information Systems (IS) area of expertise
- Faculty create and deliver an innovative curriculum focused on understanding current IS issues in the areas of Inbound Information Technology (ITO) and Enterprise Analysis (EA)
- Courses provide linkage to / usage of leading tools and techniques
- ISM provides opportunities for students to excel outside of the classroom
- ISM provides opportunities for faculty development and enrichment
- ISM enable multiple communication channels to share information
The mission of the ISM Department is to prepare students for careers in the evolving information systems field. This is accomplished by enhancing the students’ ability to understand and apply technological innovations designed to support the organization’s operations and performance by providing the right information at the right time.
Initially, students majoring in ISM are provided with an overview of how information systems are used in business. Then, they are educated in fundamental IS concepts such as database, networking, and security. Students specialize by focusing their ISM studies on specific techniques associated with inbound technology (e.g. CRM, content creation, SEO, social media, web design) or specific techniques associated with enterprise analysis (e.g. ERP, project management, systems analysis). Finally, students synthesize this knowledge to better understand the requirements for effective leadership, management, and governance of the IS function, and to leverage IS to create competitive advantage.
Graduating students specializing in ISM understand the contributions that systems and technology provide. They are prepared to take leadership roles on IS teams tasked with providing competitive advantage for their organization.
Ok, so how will ISM try to achieve the vision? Well, listed in each category area are several steps we will try to achieve.
- Student -- work with students on direct studies in ISM topic areas
- Faculty -- Ensure that the academic “journal list” fairly and accurately represents current outlets for IS research topics
- Faculty -- Ensure that the practitioner “journal list” represents current outlets for IS research topics
- Curriculum -- develop/promote the undergraduate ISM specialization tracks for Inbound Information Technology (IIT) and Enterprise Analyst (EA)
- Curriculum -- promote the MBA ISM foundation course
- Curriculum -- update the ISM Concentration wording for the MBA program
- Curriculum -- update/enhance the course descriptions for the ISM courses
- Curriculum -- complete course profiles and curriculum map
- Curriculum -- assess courses based upon ISM learning objectives
- Courses -- develop/promote new courses in Video Creation and Analytics and Application Development
- Courses -- promote the updated Data Mining / Analytics course and the Database course offered by the new ISM faculty
- Video -- Develop a video for each course (3 minutes in length) explaining what the course is about, what the student will learn, and projects the student will complete.
- ISM sponsors the ITO student organization activities
- ISM sponsors industry speakers to share experiences with students
Communication / Outreach
- Tools -- use leading tools to blog about ISM topics, social media to engage the audience, and email students on topics of interest
- Tools -- determine AdWords advertising options
- Participate -- join / participate / network in local user groups / IS chapters
- Forum -- conduct semi-annual CIO Forums
- Video -- develop a video for each faculty member (90 seconds in length) introducing the faculty member and highlighting the courses s/he teaches, the research s/he conducts, and any special projects s/he is involved with
- Website -- update the website to create a positive digital presence
- Careers -- engage with Career Planning & Placement (CPP) to update career presentations, information sheets, LinkedIn presentation for students
- BOV -- institute a board of visitors (BOV) to provide input and direction for the program