The Campus Chronicle
Vol. XVI, Issue 6
for the Amherst campus of the University of Massachusetts
Oct. 6, 2000

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Oct. 13 workshop to plan cross-campus curriculum for IT minor

by Sarah R. Buchholz, Chronicle staff

A 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.

     "We're inviting everyone to attend the workshop," Cora Marrett, senior vice chancellor and provost, told the Faculty Senate at its Sept. 21 meeting.

     "The purpose 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.

     "This has 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."

     Anyone interested in attending the workshop should register by e-mailing Israel at no later than 9 a.m. Tuesday Oct. 10.

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