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The 25 for 25 Campaign: #3 IS 2020: Recommendations for undergraduate degree programs in IS

Friday, August 2, 2019   (1 Comments)
Posted by: Brook Pritchett

AIS, in collaboration with ACM and EDSIG, is pleased to announce the formation of the IS 2020 Task Force to develop the next generation of undergraduate curriculum recommendations, and invites you to volunteer to help. This initiative is part of the 25 for 25 Campaign to advance the field of Information Systems.

AIS has contributed to the development of curriculum recommendations in Information Systems throughout its lifetime. Soon after its founding in 1994, AIS participated in the development of IS’97 Model Curriculum and Guidelines for Undergraduate Degree Programs in Information Systems, followed by IS 2002 and IS 2010 at the undergraduate level and MSIS 2000, MSIS 2006, and MSIS 2016 at the graduate level. These documents were all developed in collaboration with ACM and in some cases also with AITP/EDSIG. These curriculum recommendations have been widely cited and used around the world.

Given this history, it is highly appropriate that one of the 25th anniversary initiatives for AIS is the launch of the process to revise IS 2010 and develop a new curriculum recommendation for undergraduate programs in IS. The IS 2020 project is a collaborative effort between AIS, ACM and EDSIG, bringing together the coalition that successfully developed IS’97 and IS 2002. It is co-chaired by Hannu Salmela (University of Turku; AIS; and Paul Leidig (Grand Valley State University; ACM; The task force was established during the 2018-19 academic year, and it will have its first face-to-face meeting in the context of AMCIS 2019. The task force represents the global reach and membership of all participating organizations, bringing together eleven members from five countries and four continents: Hannu Salmela (AIS co-chair), Paul Leidig (ACM co-chair), Greg Anderson (Brigham Young University, AIS), Jeffry Babb (West Texas A&M University, EDSIG), Lesley Gardner (University of Auckland, AIS), Jay F. Nunamaker (University of Arizona, ACM), Brenda Scholtz (Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, ACM), Venky Shankararaman (Singapore Management University, AIS), Raja Sooriamurthi (CMU, ACM), Mark Thouin (UT Dallas, ACM), and Carina de Villiers (University of Pretoria, AIS). Many thanks to the task force members!

As the earlier initiatives, the IS 2020 project will be a highly interactive one, reaching out to the members of AIS, ACM, and EDSIG and broad range of industry representatives to ask them to share their views and experiences to guide the task force and provide it with ideas to consider. In addition, the task force will be studying the use and usefulness of earlier curriculum recommendations within institutions of higher education. The project as a whole is an exciting opportunity for the global Information Systems community to come together and articulate our latest thinking and best practices regarding undergraduate education, one of our key reasons for existence. The task force and AIS leadership invite you to participate actively in this important initiative—thank you in advance for your contributions!

To learn more about the 25 for 25 Campaign, visit

Heikki Topi
AIS VP for Education


Lemma Lessa says...
Posted Monday, August 5, 2019
I.m interested to join the undergraduate curriculum development team.

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