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Journal of Information Systems Education

Abstract

The IS 2010 Model Curriculum Guidelines were developed to provide recommendations for standardized information systems curricula while simultaneously allowing for customization within individual programs. While some studies have examined program adherence to the IS 2010 Model Curriculum Guidelines, a more detailed analysis of IS curriculum profiles has not yet been conducted. The purpose of this study is to identify and describe IS curriculum profiles that exist among 127 AACSB IS programs using the IS 2010 guidelines as a framework for analysis. A cluster analysis reveals four distinct profiles of IS program structure: Independent, Focused, Adoptive, and Flexible. Prototypes of each profile are described along with significant differences between each profile as revealed by a discriminant analysis. Identifying and describing these curriculum profiles offers a snapshot of the state of the IS curriculum as a whole and provides a resource for programs seeking to examine and modify their respective curriculum models.

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