IS2020: Progress on Updating the Information Systems Model Curriculum
Jeffry Babb West Texas A&M University
Paul Leidig Grand Valley State University
Mark Thouin University of Texas at Dallas
Raja Sooriamurthi Carnegie Mellon University
Greg Anderson Brigham Young University
Objectives Being a decade old, the model curriculum used to develop, update, and assess IS programs (IS2010) was reviewed and assessed by an Exploratory Task Force, established in partnership between the ACM and AIS. The Exploratory Task Force recommended that a taskforce be created to update the content and structure for a new model curriculum. These model curricua efforts underscore the importance of, and need for, the IS discipline to express its core in terms of a standard curriculum that provides a foundation upon which undergraduate IS programs may meet stakeholder demands.
Key directions from the Exporatory Task Force that have guided the taskforce on the Information Systems Model Curriculum (IS2020) on the Information Systems Model Curriculum (IS2020) include: 1) feedback that technical skills do not appear to meet industry needs; 2) A competency basis for describing student outcomes would strengthen the model; and, 3) facilitating an ongoing process to produce a community-driven "living" document would perhaps prevent a decade-long interval between reports. ISCAP-EDSIG has also participated in the taskforce on the Information Systems Model Curriculum (IS2020).
This panel seeks to follow up on the a previous EDSIGCON panel in 2019 to further engage the IS education community in this effort. Panelists will introduce key components of this process, our progress thus far, and seek further input and feedback. This session should be of interest to all attendees, especially faculty developing college-level curricula in Information Systems.