IT Steering Meeting 9-27-2013

Present: 

Janine Solberg, David Todd, Traci Hess, Nikki Stoia, Jerry Schoen, Graham Gal, Steve Brewer, Patricia Galvis-Assmus

Date: 

Friday, September 27, 2013

Attending:  Janine Solberg, David Todd, Traci Hess, Nikki Stoia, Jerry Schoen, Graham Gal, Steve Brewer, Patricia Galvis-Assmus

 

Reaching out to Deans on Campus

  • Dean of Grad School:  Can't collaborate with IT Program at this time.  
  • Contact new UMass Amherst CIO, Julie Buehler

 

Heads and Chairs Meetings Recommendations

Patricia will be attending Heads and Chairs meetings during Fall 2013 semester

  1. Review US Dept. of Education Material (link)
  2. Address fallacy that students already have the tech skills, when in fact they don't
  3. Formulate survey and determine how to gear survey towards individual schools/ colleges
  4. Hand out recommended tracks geared towards specific school/college, then hand out blank tracks for them to fill out.  
  5. Questions to Ask:
    • What skills are students lacking and how do we fill that gap in knowledge?
    • What type of skills will students need after they graduate?
    • What courses could we support financially?
    • How much of understand of how technology works are students taught?
    • Do students understand ramifications?

Survey IT Minor Alumni

Ask Alum IT Minor students, valuable courses, lacking skills

 

Course Bucket List

Create a bucket list of courses geared towards each school that will help students determine what would best compliment their major

 

Technical Course Requirement

Issues

  • Course options dwindling 
  • Distinction between sections needs to be refined
  • Students need 1 programming course and one technical course?
  • Need to review courses so we can redefine courses or requirements

Recommendations

Recommended: Specify 1 from one category and one from another, don't require programming?

New England Regional Developers Summit (N.E.R.D.S.)-Proposal by Steve Brewer

  • Recommend joining ICT Summit and N.E.R.D.S. together
  • Location:  On campus
  • Steve will seekout further support
  • ICT Summit - one day to reflect on meeting in 2002 and ask people what do we need in education and what role IT Program has in that?
  • Then have the NERDS day