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  • 1. Graduate Information Programs and Accreditation: Landscape Survey and Analysis ASIS&T Information Professions Accreditation Meeting September 9, 2008 Washington, D.C. Samantha Becker MLIS Candidate | The Information School MPA Candidate | Evans School of Public Affairs University of Washington
  • 2. Methodology
    • 2008 Peterson’s Graduate and Professional Programs
      • surveyed annually
      • accredited by USDE or CHEA
      • 6 volumes, 491 disciplinary fields
    • Looked for programs with keywords
      • information
      • informatics
      • human-computer interaction
      • knowledge management
  • 3. Methodology
    • Visited websites of about ½ of the programs
    • Built database with
      • institution name
      • administrative unit
      • degree(s) offered
      • title of major or concentration area
  • 4. Example
    • University of Oklahoma, Graduate College, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Library and Information Studies, Program in Library and Information Studies, Norman, OK 73019-0390. Offers knowledge management (MS); library and information studies (MLIS); school library media specialist (certificate); M Ed/MLIS; MBA/MLIS.
  • 5. Key Findings
    • Approximately 900 information-related master’s degrees
    • Offered in 468 colleges and universities
    • 220 distinct majors or concentration areas
    • Most frequent majors
      • information systems (93)
      • management information systems (93)
      • information technology (57)
      • bioinformatics (51)
      • library and information science (43)
  • 6. Key Findings
      • 1/3 of academic units on the computer  information science spectrum
      • 1/3 bio- and health sciences, library science, public administration, communications, & education
      • 1/3 in academic units focused on business
  • 7. Academic Units
    • Found programs spread across 500 academic units
    • The highest administrative unit for 85% of programs was a school, college, or faculty
    • 30% of colleges and universities have information programs in more than one unit
  • 8. Academic Units
    • Larger institutions tend to have stand-alone departments concerned with information
      • Graduate schools have mostly an administrative function
    • Medium sized institutions tend to have information programs in 2 nd level departments, mostly within colleges of arts & science
    • Smaller institutions often have graduate schools that encompass all master’s level programs
  • 9. Major Disciplinary Areas
  • 10. Information Disciplines Bates, M.J. (2007). "Defining the information disciplines in encyclopedia development" Information Research , 12 (4) paper colis29. [Available at http://InformationR.net/ir/12-4/colis/colis29.html]
  • 11. Computer  Information Science Spectrum
    • 350 programs in computer technology fields
      • Engineering
      • Computer science
      • Information science
  • 12. Program Types
    • 220 majors or concentration areas
    • Top 17 account for 60% of programs
    • Split professional degrees/master of science
    • 12-24 month completion
    • Internships or professional experience often required
    • Capstone projects emphasized; fewer w/thesis requirements
  • 13. Program Types
    • 4 major categories
      • information systems
      • Informatics
      • Information technology
      • Information science
  • 14. Information Systems
    • 205 colleges and universities
    • 305 programs
    • Majors/concentrations include
      • information systems (93)
      • management information systems (93)
      • computer information systems (34)
      • information systems management (12)
  • 15. Information Systems
    • Program focus
      • analysis, design, and implementation of information systems
      • data management
      • project management
      • strategic management and use of information technology
    • Differences mostly in level of technical preparation
  • 16. Informatics
    • 106 programs
    • Focused on the use of information within specific disciplines
      • biology/genetics
      • health/medical sciences
      • chemistry
      • media
  • 17. Informatics
    • Bioinformatics/biomedical informatics
      • 53 programs
      • 15 in academic units with biology focus
      • 11 in medical schools
      • curricula includes
        • advanced life sciences
        • design and implementation of information systems
        • statistical modeling and analysis
        • many interested in managing and analyzing data from genetic research
  • 18. Informatics
    • Health informatics
      • 30 colleges and universities
      • 2/3 in medical, nursing, or health sciences units
      • 34 programs
        • health informatics
        • medical informatics
        • nursing informatics
      • emphasizing use of information for evaluation of patient outcomes
  • 19. Information Technology
    • 95 colleges and universities
    • 118 programs
      • 45% in business schools
    • Majors/concentrations include
      • information technology (57)
      • information technology management (22)
    • 59 master of science degrees
    • 35 MBA
  • 20. Information Technology
    • Program focus
      • managing technology projects
        • databases
        • e-commerce systems
        • computer networks
      • decision support
      • also business topics
        • accounting, organizational development
  • 21. Information Science
    • 84 colleges/universities
    • 98 programs
    • Majors/concentrations include
      • library and information science (43)
      • computer and information science (26)
      • information science (11)
      • information studies (6)
  • 22. Information Science
    • Library and information science
      • ALA accredited
      • those within iCaucus schools have less emphasis on traditional library subjects (cataloging, reference services, collection development)
    • Computer and information science
      • more emphasis on infrastructure
        • architecture, networking, software engineering
  • 23. Information Science
    • Information science/information studies
      • more general or theoretical approach
      • emphasize human-computer interaction, information organization, information behavior
      • relatively small portion of information graduate school universe
  • 24. Other Program Areas
    • Information security
      • 30 programs
      • some designated as National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance by the NSA
      • emphasize cryptography, digital forensics, risk analysis
    • E-Business/E-Commerce
      • 23 programs
      • 18 MBA
      • emphasize design and implementation of electronic commerce applications
  • 25. Accreditation Agencies
    • Two types of accrediting agencies
      • regional and national
        • accredit entire institutions
      • specialized agencies
        • accredit particular programs
  • 26. Relevant Specialized Agencies
    • American Library Association (ALA)
    • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
    • Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
    • Accrediting Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)
  • 27. Recommendations
    • Clarify the need for and purpose of a new accrediting agency
    • Complement existing accrediting agencies
    • Define the scope along the computer  information spectrum
    • Focus on domain-specific programs, especially business programs