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Title: An Information Technology Program for a Small Liberal Arts College: An Interdisciplinary Approach


1
An Information Technology Program for a Small
Liberal Arts College An Interdisciplinary
Approach
  • Loren K. Rhodes
  • Michael L. Frandsen, Dennis L. Johnson,
  • Donna S. Weimer, David J. Fusco
  • Juniata College, Huntingdon, PA

2
Juniata College
  • 4 year liberal arts college, central Pennsylvania
  • 1300 students, mostly residential
  • Program of Emphasis (major)
  • students encouraged to design own POE
  • often interdisciplinary programs, double majors
  • 50-60 individualize their POEs
  • 2 advisors approve

3
Juniata College
  • Regionally known for sciences pre-medicine,
    biology and chemistry
  • Education
  • Computer Science since 1980
  • 1998 an alumni couple gave multi-million dollar
    endowment for an IT program

4
Donors Vision for IT
  • scholarship leveraging communication and problem
    solving skills with IT courses
  • internship engage industry experience
  • leadership management skills
  • entrepreneurship build a technology product and
    successfully market it
  • interdisciplinary a collaboration among existing
    departments

5
Design Process
  • Pre-existing programs
  • Mathematics/Computer Science (Nat. Sci.)
  • Accounting/Business/Economics (Soc. Sci.)
  • English/Communications (Humanities)
  • IT program was developed from on-campus committee
    from these departments
  • External Advisory board was established

6
Departmental Cooperation
Information Technology
ComputerScienceMath
BusinessAccountingEconomics
CommunicationEnglishTheatreArts
7
Advisory Board
  • Development of the program
  • Internship placements, on-site projects,
    equipment
  • Membership (lt20)
  • alumni, big and local business, government
  • ATT, Nortel, Lucent, Microsoft,
    PricewaterhouseCoopers, Datatel, Eclipsys, Penn
    State IST, Fairfax County VA

8
Curriculum Goals
  • CS fundamentals, software development, database,
    network
  • Communication skills, oral presentation and
    technical writing
  • Business fundamentals, management,
    entrepreneurship
  • Experiential - student teams working on industry
    projects for 3 semesters internships
  • Change management

9
IT courses
  • Principles of IT
  • First course
  • Web based, using WebCT or Angel
  • Business, Communication and CS courses
  • Innovations for Industry capstone sequence
  • Three semesters, junior and senior years
  • Team projects

10
Computer Science
  • CS 1 and CS 2
  • Software Design (Engineering)
  • Networking
  • Web Design
  • Discrete Structures

11
Business and Communication
  • The Management Process
  • Behavior Analysis of Organizations
  • Business Strategies
  • Art of Public Speaking
  • Professional Presentations
  • Technical Writing
  • Indiv_at_metaverse.com

12
Indiv_at_metaverse.com
  • Challenge students with the past, present, future
    analysis of technologys impact on society
  • 1892--Can we predict new technologies?
  • 1940--Can we anticipate their consequences?
  • 2000--What is progress?
  • 2100--How do we prepare for change?

13
Innovations for Industry(I-4-I)
  • The hallmark of our program
  • A required, three semester experiential learning
    opportunity
  • Places teams of students in organizations to
    identify and understand problems, and recommend
    and apply IT solutions

14
I-4-I Goals
  • To provide students with real-world experience in
    the needed technical, business and communications
    skills to function as members of an IT project
    team
  • To provide service to partnering organizations
  • To obtain real-world feedback for students and
    faculty

15
I-4-I Process
  • Combination of classroom, on campus, and in the
    field activities
  • Emphasis on project management, flexibility,
    communication, team work, and problem solving
  • Teams of 3-4 students
  • Faculty sponsor for each team
  • Evaluation by client, faculty, peers

16
I-4-I Organization
  • Three courses IT 300, IT 380, IT 480
  • All meet together
  • Exception is IT 300
  • Focus on project management
  • 5-Phase Project Management,Weiss/Wysocki
  • Case studies
  • Teams are a cross section of the 3 levels

17
I-4-I Technologies
  • Project management
  • Networking
  • Web Development
  • Handheld OS
  • ASP
  • Use cases
  • XP
  • Database/SQL
  • Java
  • C
  • Visual Basic
  • XML
  • Linux

18
I-4-I Student Comments
  • "Maybe I learned more in this class than I
    learned in all the other classes I have taken.
  • "I dont know how to describe to you how much I
    have learned in the last semester through words.
    My actions speak for themselves. I have grown
    because of this course and I feel that I will
    continue to grow in the semesters to come."

19
I-4-I Client Comments
  • "I do think that this was a great learning
    experience demonstrating the dynamic environment
    that they will have to operate in. They reacted
    extremely well to these changes. Based on the
    barriers they faced, they exceeded our
    expectations.
  • "I wanted to let you know your database has been
    tested and is now up and running . You did a
    great job on meeting our requirements for the
    ASP. The people who have been through the
    training so far have been impressed. Thanks for
    the great work."

20
Areas of Concentration
  • Students choose three courses in various areas of
    application
  • Digital Media
  • Entrepreneurial Studies
  • Communication Media
  • Computer Science
  • Business
  • Individualized

21
Integration of IT campus wide
  • The application of IT naturally integrates into
    other disciplines
  • Criminal Justice
  • Biology (Bioinformatics)
  • Environmental Science
  • Education
  • Psychology
  • Political Science

22
Staffing
  • All current and planned IT faculty are joint
    appointments
  • 2 Business / IT
  • 2 Computer Science / IT
  • Communication / IT
  • 2 Environmental Science / IT
  • Network Services Director / IT

23
Facilities
  • Faculty representing 3 departments
  • Teaching/Learning Technology Center
  • Computer/Network Services
  • Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership
  • Currently scattered across campus
  • In 2004 all IT-related departments will be housed
    in one facility

24
Summary
  • Interdisciplinary
  • Experiential
  • Teamwork, project management
  • Access to technologies
  • Educational technology
  • http//departments.juniata.edu/it
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