Title

The Times they are a Changin’: How Non-Technology Factors have Affected IS Curriculum over Time

Campus Units

Supply Chain and Information Systems

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Fall 2019

Journal or Book Title

Journal of Information Systems Education

Volume

30

Issue

4

First Page

222

Last Page

231

Abstract

Changes to degree programs in Information Systems are often attributed to quickly-evolving technology and the subsequent changing needs of the employers who hire IS graduates. In this paper, we explore other social and economic factors that were the inspiration for curriculum changes by assigning them to one of four eras in the IS timeline. Using enrollment figures and archival data, we identify both legitimate reasons and misconceptions that led to fluctuating programming requirements, the rise and fall of trendy courses, and the wholesale elimination of programs and faculty positions. We conclude the paper by using our findings to speculate what the future of IS education could look like and how degree programs should prepare for the next era of IS academia.

Comments

This article is published as George, J. F. & Marett, K. (2019). Invited Paper: The Times they are a Changin’: How Non-Technology Factors have Affected IS Curriculum over Time. Journal of Information Systems Education, 30(4), 222-231.

Copyright Owner

Journal of Information Systems Education: JISE

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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