ARE ALL INFORMATION SYSTEMS CREATED EQUAL - DOES ACCREDITATION SOLIDIFY INFORMATION SYSTEMS AS A DISCIPLINE?

2011 Issues in Information Systems  
While there are nearly 4,000 colleges and universities that have computer/information systems (IS) related courses and programs, it can be argued that these programs have as many differences as they have similarities. Thirty three (33) of these programs are accredited by In the late 1990's and early 2000's, model curricula such as the DPMA Model Curriculum, IS 97, and IS 2002 called for the development of a unified body of knowledge and basis for a consistent and recognizable information
more » ... discipline. However, multiple factors have recently disrupted and distributed the movement towards a universally accepted common body of knowledge that is central to every discipline. This paper discusses how ABET-CAC accreditation criteria for IS programs have changed in the past ten years and that the model curriculum became more open and less distinguishable due to evolving into an outcome based model. As a result, IS programs have become less consistent and diverse to the extent its core body of knowledge has been reduced to the extent that information systems is not unified as a standalone discipline. Criteria: To meet this intent, the following standards must be satisfied: 1. The program must have documented educational objectives. 2. The program's objectives must include expected outcomes for graduating students. 3. Mechanisms must be in place to periodically review the program and the courses. 4. The results of the program's assessment must be used to help identify and implement program improvement. the major required of all students, its content, expected performance criteria, and place in the overall program of study must be published. Criterion 6. Faculty Each faculty member teaching in the program must have expertise and educational background consistent with the contributions to the program expected from the faculty member. The competence of faculty members must be demonstrated by such factors as education, professional credentials and certifications, professional experience, ongoing professional development, contributions to the discipline, teaching effectiveness, and communication skills. Collectively, the faculty must have the breadth and depth to cover all curricular areas of the program. The faculty serving in the program must be of sufficient number to maintain continuity, stability, oversight, student interaction, and advising. The faculty must have sufficient responsibility and Issues in Information Systems Volume XII, No. 2, pp 264-272, 2011 270 authority to improve the program through definition and revision of program educational objectives and student outcomes as well as through the implementation of a program of study that fosters the attainment of student outcomes. Criterion 7. Facilities Classrooms, offices, laboratories, and associated equipment must be adequate to support attainment of the student outcomes and to provide an atmosphere conducive to learning. Modern tools, equipment, computing resources, and laboratories appropriate to the program must be available, accessible, and systematically maintained and upgraded to enable students to attain the student outcomes and to support program needs. Students must be provided appropriate guidance regarding the use of the tools, equipment, computing resources, and laboratories available to the program. The library services and the computing and information infrastructure must be adequate to support the scholarly and professional activities of the students and faculty. Criterion 8. Institutional Support Institutional support and leadership must be adequate to ensure the quality and continuity of the program. Resources including institutional services, financial support, and staff (both administrative and technical) provided to the program must be adequate to meet program needs. The resources available to the program must be sufficient to attract, retain, and provide for the continued professional development of a qualified faculty. The resources available to the program must be sufficient to acquire, maintain, and operate infrastructures, facilities and equipment appropriate for the program, and to provide an environment in which student outcomes can be attained. (7)
doi:10.48009/2_iis_2011_264-272 fatcat:ywwy5jtxofdtvhshcdwi7m6wma