IS DEPARTMENT MISSION, VISION, and GOALS
The mission of the Information Systems Department is to educate students for professional practice within the fields of information systems, business administration, and related fields. The Department offers a practical curriculum with real-life experiences and undergraduate courses that promote critical thinking and creative discovery, encourage teamwork and leadership, and prepare students for lifelong learning. This is accomplished by a commitment to the highest possible standards of quality in the areas of teaching, learning, research, advising and service.
Our vision is to expand our role as a center for quality undergraduate education programs and research in business and in information systems generally to help fulfill the information systems needs of the State and the Nation. Our future vision is one of growth and expansion. This includes growth and expansion of current undergraduate programs and practices and also expansion into the area of quality graduate education further enhancing our ability to meet the department goals and mission.
Our goal is to educate students who have a breadth of knowledge across the core subject matter of information systems and business and can communicate and use that knowledge constructively for the benefit of others. Objectives in furtherance of this goal include assuring in our academic programs that students obtain foundation knowledge in business, mathematics, technology, and science in order to pursue their business and science courses; gain knowledge in such a way that they can think independently and creatively; communicate their knowledge effectively to others, improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their company or any institution in which they become involved, and operate in society in a constructive, ethical and professional manner. The specific areas of focus for the department include:
- Teaching - Continue to strengthen classroom teaching by (1) encouraging professors to participate in education based professional activities and workshops, (2) recognizing outstanding teaching contributions through award nominations, and (3) encouraging professors to use midterm teaching evaluations and similar devices to gain reactions to teaching as courses progress.
- Research – Increase the research focus specifically in applied research and promote a high level of research involvement by (1) encouraging faculty to continue the expansion in numbers of research proposals submitted to funding agencies, (2) recognizing outstanding research contributions through award nominations, (3) encouraging professors and students to continue to publish at a high level in peer-reviewed outlets, and (4) encouraging faculty and students to disseminate the findings from their work at conferences, seminars and in the classroom.
- Areas of Specialization - Continue to extend from current strengths. Over the next five years emphasis in research is likely to expand in the areas of verification and validation of software, ROI of software engineering, …. as well as legal and ethical issues involved in the design of information systems.
- Curriculum - Continue to maintain an undergraduate curriculum that stresses business and information system fundamentals, assures academic rigor, provides breadth and depth in upper-level courses, strengthens problem-solving ability, and focuses on design skills consistent with the needs of business and industry. Create and then continually extend and evolve graduate courses and programs to assure their responsiveness to the ever-changing societal needs for information.
- Professional Service - Encourage continued participation nationally and internationally in professional organizations including promoting committee work and executive positions, research proposal review committees, professional service to nonprofit agencies (pro bono), and in article peer-review processes.
- Relations with Professions and Industry - Develop active partnerships with private and government organizations through sponsored research, collaborative efforts, exchanges at professional meetings, and through student design projects.
- Relations with Other Academic Units - Develop active relationships with other academic units supporting information science and system objectives.
- Student Recruitment and Retention - Continue to attract top level students to the undergraduate program from throughout the state and be responsive to the diverse needs of all students in the department through care and diligence in advising and through an emphasis on one-on-one advising by faculty.