Developing a successful IT/IS curriculum requires departments to understand the needs of their constituents, organizations that hire their graduates. As many recent studies have revealed, the success of an IT/IS graduate rests on the possession of both non-technical and technical skills. Furthermore, a greater understanding of how IT can be applied to solving organizational problems is sought. This study presents the findings of a recent national survey that asked respondents to rank the importance of certain skills and academic/profession community involvement. The results suggest IT/IS curricula should emphasize developing professional skills, such as work ethic, problem solving, and oral and team communication skills in students. By the same token, ways should be sought to integrate professional experiences into curricula for developing these skills.
Ching, Russell K.H.; Glorfeld, Louis W.; and Lam, Monica, "Integrating the IT/IS Professional Community with IT/IS Academic Programs" (2000). AMCIS 2000 Proceedings. 248.