Oct. 13 workshop to plan cross-campus curriculum
for IT minor
R. Buchholz, Chronicle staff
meeting to plan a cross-campus information technology
(IT) curriculum is scheduled to run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
on Friday, Oct. 13 in the Campus Center Auditorium.
everyone to attend the workshop," Cora Marrett, senior vice
chancellor and provost, told the Faculty Senate at its Sept. 21
is to have a cross-disciplinary and cross-college dialogue about
what information technology minors should look like and then to
begin considering courses that will fit into this minor," said
Bill Israel, assistant professor of Journalism and one of the workshop's
organizers. "It's the first step toward producing a program
across the University that will work, beginning on this campus,
and that will spread across the UMass system, across the state college
and university system, and the community college system. The state's
needs in terms of this curriculum are very great."
Israel said a
group of representatives from the five-campus University system,
the state college and university system and the community college
system are participating in the workshop.
been a real interdisciplinary effort. The IT steering committee,
led by Les Ball, associate dean of Information Technology in the
School of Management, and Kevin Aiken, director of Continuing Education,
have been responsible for coordinating the workshop and moving its
curriculum along. Charlie Schweik, assistant professor in Resource
Economics, Seshu Desu, chair of the curriculum subcommittee of the
task force, and I have been doing the legwork on putting this workshop
together. The deans and Cora are making the whole minor possible
and this discussion possible."
in attending the workshop should register by e-mailing Israel at
no later than 9 a.m. Tuesday Oct. 10.