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Recommended Citation: McKell, L J, J Schoonover, K Dhariwal, and H E Longenecker.  Individual Certification: A Complement to Program Accreditation.  In The Proceedings of the Information Systems Education Conference 2001, v 18 (Cincinnati): §21a.

Individual Certification: A Complement to Program Accreditation

Lynn J. McKell    [a1] [a2]
Marriott School
Brigham Young University    [u1] [u2]
Provo, Utah, USA    [c1] [c2]

John Schoonover    [a1] [a2]
Nivo International
American Fork, Utah, USA    [c1] [c2]

Kewal Dhariwal    [a1] [a2]
Northern Alberta Institute of Technology    [u1] [u2]
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada    [c1] [c2]

Herbert E. (Bart) Longenecker, Jr    [a1] [a2]
School of Computer and Information Sciences
University of South Alabama    [u1] [u2]
Mobile, Alabama, USA    [c1] [c2]

Recent years have seen an active dialog about the merits of accreditation of IS/IT academic programs. Curriculum committees have produced guidelines for courses and programs; and other committees have been formed to create an accrediting body and to set standards for a recognized and accepted standard of IS/IT program accreditation. This panel will explore the case for Individual Certification as a complement to program accreditation. Program Accreditation focuses on measuring and validating the institution, the faculty and the curriculum which constitute the academic topical content and the pedagogical delivery process; whereas, certification focuses on measuring the output: namely, the competency and skills of the students and graduates. There is a roll for both approaches in satisfying the needs of the IS/IT industry.

Keywords: certification, validating competency and skills, accreditation, competency, skills

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