Graduate Information Programs and Accreditation: Landscape Survey and Analysis

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  • Graduate Information Programs and Accreditation: Landscape Survey and AnalysisASIS&T Information Professions Accreditation MeetingSeptember 9, 2008Washington, D.C.

    Samantha Becker MLIS Candidate | The Information School MPA Candidate | Evans School of Public Affairs University of Washington

  • Methodology2008 Petersons Graduate and Professional Programssurveyed annuallyaccredited by USDE or CHEA6 volumes, 491 disciplinary fieldsLooked for programs with keywordsinformationinformaticshuman-computer interactionknowledge management

  • MethodologyVisited websites of about of the programsBuilt database withinstitution nameadministrative unitdegree(s) offeredtitle of major or concentration area

  • ExampleUniversity of Oklahoma, Graduate College, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Library and Information Studies, Program in Library and Information Studies, Norman, OK 73019-0390. Offers knowledge management (MS); library and information studies (MLIS); school library media specialist (certificate); M Ed/MLIS; MBA/MLIS.

  • Key FindingsApproximately 900 information-related masters degreesOffered in 468 colleges and universities220 distinct majors or concentration areasMost frequent majorsinformation systems (93)management information systems (93)information technology (57)bioinformatics (51)library and information science (43)

  • Key Findings1/3 of academic units on the computerinformation science spectrum1/3 bio- and health sciences, library science, public administration, communications, & education1/3 in academic units focused on business

  • Academic UnitsFound programs spread across 500 academic unitsThe highest administrative unit for 85% of programs was a school, college, or faculty30% of colleges and universities have information programs in more than one unit

  • Academic UnitsLarger institutions tend to have stand-alone departments concerned with informationGraduate schools have mostly an administrative functionMedium sized institutions tend to have information programs in 2nd level departments, mostly within colleges of arts & scienceSmaller institutions often have graduate schools that encompass all masters level programs

  • Major Disciplinary Areas

  • Information Disciplines Bates, M.J. (2007). "Defining the information disciplines in encyclopedia development" Information Research, 12(4) paper colis29. [Available at http://InformationR.net/ir/12-4/colis/colis29.html]

  • Computer Information Science Spectrum350 programs in computer technology fieldsEngineeringComputer scienceInformation science

  • Program Types220 majors or concentration areasTop 17 account for 60% of programsSplit professional degrees/master of science12-24 month completionInternships or professional experience often requiredCapstone projects emphasized; fewer w/thesis requirements

  • Program Types4 major categoriesinformation systemsInformaticsInformation technologyInformation science

  • Information Systems205 colleges and universities305 programsMajors/concentrations includeinformation systems (93)management information systems (93)computer information systems (34)information systems management (12)

  • Information SystemsProgram focusanalysis, design, and implementation of information systemsdata managementproject managementstrategic management and use of information technologyDifferences mostly in level of technical preparation

  • Informatics106 programsFocused on the use of information within specific disciplinesbiology/geneticshealth/medical scienceschemistrymedia

  • InformaticsBioinformatics/biomedical informatics53 programs15 in academic units with biology focus11 in medical schoolscurricula includes advanced life sciencesdesign and implementation of information systemsstatistical modeling and analysismany interested in managing and analyzing data from genetic research

  • InformaticsHealth informatics30 colleges and universities2/3 in medical, nursing, or health sciences units34 programshealth informaticsmedical informaticsnursing informaticsemphasizing use of information for evaluation of patient outcomes

  • Information Technology95 colleges and universities118 programs45% in business schoolsMajors/concentrations includeinformation technology (57)information technology management (22)59 master of science degrees35 MBA

  • Information TechnologyProgram focusmanaging technology projectsdatabasese-commerce systemscomputer networksdecision supportalso business topicsaccounting, organizational development

  • Information Science84 colleges/universities98 programsMajors/concentrations includelibrary and information science (43)computer and information science (26)information science (11)information studies (6)

  • Information ScienceLibrary and information scienceALA accreditedthose within iCaucus schools have less emphasis on traditional library subjects (cataloging, reference services, collection development)Computer and information sciencemore emphasis on infrastructurearchitecture, networking, software engineering

  • Information ScienceInformation science/information studiesmore general or theoretical approachemphasize human-computer interaction, information organization, information behaviorrelatively small portion of information graduate school universe

  • Other Program AreasInformation security30 programssome designated as National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance by the NSAemphasize cryptography, digital forensics, risk analysisE-Business/E-Commerce23 programs18 MBAemphasize design and implementation of electronic commerce applications

  • Accreditation AgenciesTwo types of accrediting agenciesregional and nationalaccredit entire institutionsspecialized agencies accredit particular programs

  • Relevant Specialized AgenciesAmerican Library Association (ALA)Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)Accrediting Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)

  • RecommendationsClarify the need for and purpose of a new accrediting agencyComplement existing accrediting agenciesDefine the scope along the computerinformation spectrumFocus on domain-specific programs, especially business programs

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