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Recommended Citation: Gorgone, J T, D L Feinstein, and D Lidtke.  Accreditation Criteria for IS/IT Programs.  In The Proceedings of the Information Systems Education Conference 2000, v 17 (Philadelphia): §173.

Accreditation Criteria for IS/IT Programs

John T. Gorgone    [a1] [a2]
Computer Information Systems
Bentley College    [u1] [u2]
Waltham, Massachusetts, USA    [c1] [c2]

David L. Feinstein    [a1] [a2]
Computer and Information Sciences
University of South Alabama    [u1] [u2]
Mobile, Alabama, USA    [c1] [c2]

Doris Lidtke    [a1] [a2]
Computer & Information Sciences
Towson University    [u1] [u2]
Baltimore, Maryland, USA    [c1] [c2]

The time for accreditation of programs in Information Systems seems appropriate because of the demands of industry and academe. This project is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF DUE09812278) and has representatives appointed by the leading societies in computing, Association for Information Systems (AIS), Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), IEEE Computer Society (IEEE-CS), Association for Information Technology Professionals (AITP) and the computing Sciences Accreditation Board (CSAB). The recent major activities in the development and dissemination of Curricula [Information Systems '97 (IS'97), Information Systems Centric Curriculum '99 (ISCC'99) and the substantial effort on IS 2000] and the adoption of these curricula are major contributions to the curricular portion of the accreditation criteria. Additionally, a recent web-based survey, with over 300 respondents, was analyzed and the Criteria were revised to become the proposed "Criteria for Accreditation of Information Systems Programs." This set of criteria and procedures could be used for accreditation of aforementioned programs. The draft IS Criteria was presented to CSAB at its July 2000 board meeting. CSAB approved a small (3-4 programs) test study of the Criteria to be carried out during as soon as possible, perhaps during Fall 2001. Materials are now being prepared to train team chairs and program evaluators, etc. in order to conduct the test visits.

Keywords: accreditation, information systems accreditation, information science accreditation, information technology accreditation

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