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  1. 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. 2. Juniata College <ul><li>4 year liberal arts college, central Pennsylvania </li></ul><ul><li>1300 students, mostly residential </li></ul><ul><li>Program of Emphasis (major) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>students encouraged to design own POE </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>often interdisciplinary programs, double majors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>50-60% individualize their POE’s </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2 advisors approve </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Juniata College <ul><li>Regionally known for sciences: pre-medicine, biology and chemistry </li></ul><ul><li>Education </li></ul><ul><li>Computer Science since 1980 </li></ul><ul><li>1998 an alumni couple gave multi-million dollar endowment for an IT program </li></ul>
  4. 4. Donor’s Vision for IT <ul><li>scholarship : leveraging communication and problem solving skills with IT courses </li></ul><ul><li>internship : engage industry experience </li></ul><ul><li>leadership : management skills </li></ul><ul><li>entrepreneurship : build a technology product and successfully market it </li></ul><ul><li>interdisciplinary : a collaboration among existing departments </li></ul>
  5. 5. Design Process <ul><li>Pre-existing programs: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mathematics/Computer Science (Nat. Sci.) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Accounting/Business/Economics (Soc. Sci.) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>English/Communications (Humanities) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>IT program was developed from on-campus committee from these departments </li></ul><ul><li>External Advisory board was established </li></ul>
  6. 6. Departmental Cooperation Information Technology Computer Science Math Business Accounting Economics Communication English Theatre Arts
  7. 7. Advisory Board <ul><li>Development of the program </li></ul><ul><li>Internship placements, on-site projects, equipment </li></ul><ul><li>Membership (<20) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>alumni, big and local business, government </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>AT&T, Nortel, Lucent, Microsoft, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Datatel, Eclipsys, Penn State IST, Fairfax County VA </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Curriculum Goals <ul><li>CS fundamentals , software development, database, network </li></ul><ul><li>Communication skills, oral presentation and technical writing </li></ul><ul><li>Business fundamentals, management, entrepreneurship </li></ul><ul><li>Experiential - student teams working on industry projects for 3 semesters + internships </li></ul><ul><li>Change management </li></ul>
  9. 9. IT courses <ul><li>Principles of IT </li></ul><ul><ul><li>First course </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Web based, using WebCT or Angel </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Business, Communication and CS courses </li></ul><ul><li>Innovations for Industry capstone sequence </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Three semesters, junior and senior years </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Team projects </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Computer Science <ul><li>CS 1 and CS 2 </li></ul><ul><li>Software Design (Engineering) </li></ul><ul><li>Networking </li></ul><ul><li>Web Design </li></ul><ul><li>Discrete Structures </li></ul>
  11. 11. Business and Communication <ul><li>The Management Process </li></ul><ul><li>Behavior Analysis of Organizations </li></ul><ul><li>Business Strategies </li></ul><ul><li>Art of Public Speaking </li></ul><ul><li>Professional Presentations </li></ul><ul><li>Technical Writing </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>
  12. 12. [email_address] <ul><li>Challenge students with the past, present, future analysis of technology’s impact on society </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1892--Can we predict new technologies? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1940--Can we anticipate their consequences? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2000--What is progress? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2100--How do we prepare for change? </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Innovations for Industry(I-4-I) <ul><li>The hallmark of our program </li></ul><ul><li>A required, three semester experiential learning opportunity </li></ul><ul><li>Places teams of students in organizations to identify and understand problems, and recommend and apply IT solutions </li></ul>
  14. 14. I-4-I Goals <ul><li>To provide students with real-world experience in the needed technical, business and communications skills to function as members of an IT project team </li></ul><ul><li>To provide service to partnering organizations </li></ul><ul><li>To obtain real-world feedback for students and faculty </li></ul>
  15. 15. I-4-I Process <ul><li>Combination of classroom, on campus, and in the field activities </li></ul><ul><li>Emphasis on project management, flexibility, communication, team work, and problem solving </li></ul><ul><li>Teams of 3-4 students </li></ul><ul><li>Faculty sponsor for each team </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluation by client, faculty, peers </li></ul>
  16. 16. I-4-I Organization <ul><li>Three courses IT 300, IT 380, IT 480 </li></ul><ul><li>All meet together </li></ul><ul><li>Exception is IT 300 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Focus on project management </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>5-Phase Project Management…,Weiss/Wysocki </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Case studies </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Teams are a cross section of the 3 levels </li></ul>
  17. 17. I-4-I Technologies <ul><li>Project management </li></ul><ul><li>Networking </li></ul><ul><li>Web Development </li></ul><ul><li>Handheld OS </li></ul><ul><li>ASP </li></ul><ul><li>Use cases </li></ul><ul><li>XP </li></ul><ul><li>Database/SQL </li></ul><ul><li>Java </li></ul><ul><li>C++ </li></ul><ul><li>Visual Basic </li></ul><ul><li>XML </li></ul><ul><li>Linux </li></ul>
  18. 18. I-4-I Student Comments <ul><li>&quot;Maybe I learned more [in this class] than I learned in all the [other] classes I have taken.” </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;I don’t 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.&quot; </li></ul>
  19. 19. I-4-I Client Comments <ul><li>&quot;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.” </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;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.&quot; </li></ul>
  20. 20. Areas of Concentration <ul><li>Students choose three courses in various areas of application </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Digital Media </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Entrepreneurial Studies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Communication Media </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Computer Science </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Business </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Individualized </li></ul></ul>
  21. 21. Integration of IT campus wide <ul><li>The application of IT naturally integrates into other disciplines </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Criminal Justice </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Biology (Bioinformatics) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Environmental Science </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Education </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Psychology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Political Science </li></ul></ul>
  22. 22. Staffing <ul><li>All current and planned IT faculty are joint appointments </li></ul><ul><ul><li>2 Business / IT </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2 Computer Science / IT </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Communication / IT </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2 Environmental Science / IT </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Network Services Director / IT </li></ul></ul>
  23. 23. Facilities <ul><li>Faculty representing 3+ departments </li></ul><ul><li>Teaching/Learning Technology Center </li></ul><ul><li>Computer/Network Services </li></ul><ul><li>Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership </li></ul><ul><li>Currently scattered across campus </li></ul><ul><li>In 2004 all IT-related departments will be housed in one facility </li></ul>
  24. 24. Summary <ul><li>Interdisciplinary </li></ul><ul><li>Experiential </li></ul><ul><li>Teamwork, project management </li></ul><ul><li>Access to technologies </li></ul><ul><li>Educational technology </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>