IT Steering Committee 4-16-10


Patricia Galvis Assmus, David Todd, Rick Adrion, Robbie Moll, Nikki Stoia, David Toomey, Jerry Schoen, Jarice Hanson, Graham Gal, Dennis Spencer, and Eileen Krol


Friday, April 16, 2010

ICT Summit 2010: 

Short discussion regarding summit.  Follow up meeting to be held on May 12 @ 9 a.m. in DuBois Teaching Commons if available.

Program Name Change:  

Information Technology Program to Information & Communication Technology Program.    Name change to ICT is more prevalent in Europe. Patricia will prepare rationale for name change and submit with annual report to Provost’s Office and at the “Summit Follow Up” meeting.

Philosophy of IT Program:  Proposal from 2001 “The goal of the IT minor is to enable any interested student to confidently employ IT, and to secure an intellectual platform from which to develop the capacity to innovate, using IT in his or her field.”   

Criteria for categories:

Foundation: Fundamental concepts of computer information systems and basic skills (e.g. word processing). 

Broadened Inquiry: These courses place IT within a broader context (e.g., cultural, social, legal, historical, esthetic, ethnical, or psychological).


  • Programming
  • Database
  • Internet

Elective:  In an IT Elective, a student masters a new complex toolset that goes beyond what students are generally expected to know.  This toolset may change over time.  When the IT Minor was started, many students were not skilled at the use of word processing software, but now that competence is generally expected.  There-fore the fact that a course involves writing using a computer would not now qualify it as “an IT course”. Similarly, courses that use relatively simple and “user friendly” software to compute statistics, manipulate numbers, or produce graphics, may not qualify a course as an IT course.

Courses for Consideration:

Introductory Econometrics (ResEcon 312) -rejected as an elective. Involves a computer lab with Excel and Minstat, but the focus is on econometrics, not on high level computer skills.  Someone pointed out that if this course were accepted as an elective, every statistics course on campus would have to be accepted as well.

Business Process Simulation (FINOPMGT 373) -approved as an elective. In this case, students learn skills and knowledge in IT that are complex and not generally expected.

Program in Learning, Media, & Technology (EDUC 592EE) – approved as a broadened inquiry course.

Technology, Power, and Governance (POLSCI 301) –approved as a broadened inquiry course.

Other courses:

Writing in Emerging Technologies- David Toomey to follow up with a formal description.

Our Networked World (CMPSCI 191C) –not likely to be taught.  Should be removed from the list for now.

Direct Marketing (Marketg 450) -possibly remove from program. Very little IT content.  Graham Gal to follow up.

Foundation Course Waiver: There was some disagreement about this. David and Patricia had assumed that only the course and not the credits were waived.  However, when David checked with Glenn, he found that the credits had generally been waived as well.   It was pointed out that only 15 credits are required for the minors.  For the time being, it seemed best to stay with the policy of waiving the credits when the foundation course is waived, and to reconsider this at greater length sometime in the future.  It was also pointed out that these waivers should be given with some care, since students are expected to have fundamental computing skills when they get into more advance courses and instructors don’t have the time to teach those basics. Create a “Petition Form” to keep track of what courses satisfy the waiver.

IT Funding Support:

Technology in Education- Possible course for funding. Per Nikki, Lisa Lehmberg may be interested in teaching. 

Fundamentals of Graphic Communication (CompSci 391F) –possibly?  There was some question about whether this course is taught at a foundation level or at the more advanced level expected of an elective.  This course is “temporarily off the books” for the Computer Science Department because of funding issues.

Economics Issues of Contemporary Information Technology (ResEcon 397A) -to be funded

Introduction to Computing in the Fine Arts (Art 271) –to be funded

MIDI Studio Techniques (MUSIC 586) - to be funded

Double Dipping with Multiple Minors: 

Two student requests were presented for clarification of whether courses, in this case in Computer Science, can be counted for two minors, in this case COMPSCI and IT.   Experts on university rules who were at the meeting clarified that there is not restriction on such “double counting.”  There is a rule that only one required course for a major can also be counted toward a minor, but that is the only restriction.