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Recommended Citation: Hoopes, J E.  Transition to Four-Credit Courses: Orderly or Chaotic.  In The Proceedings of the Information Systems Education Conference 2000, v 17 (Philadelphia): §104.

Transition to Four-Credit Courses: Orderly or Chaotic

Joan E. Hoopes    [a1] [a2]
Information Systems
Marist College    [u1] [u2]
Poughkeepsie, New York, USA    [c1] [c2]

Marist College is an accredited institution with a three-credit per course system. The concept of making four-credit courses the standard has been discussed informally for many years by both faculty and administration. In spring 1996, an ad-hoc committee was created to study the feasibility of such a change. The committee did not make a recommendation but focused on the difficulty such a change would entail and the lack of enthusiasm at several institutions that had experienced such a transition. In 1998, a second ad-hoc committee was established to more fully investigate a transition to four-credit courses. The committee was charged to consider the impact on several factors, such as, majors and academic programs, transfer courses, contact hours, staffing, and graduate courses, just to name a few. After one and a half years, the committee developed a discussion document to elicit responses and suggestions from each school. This paper is the author's response for the committee detailing the impact the transition would have on the information systems program, specifically, the Information Systems discipline, and Information Systems majors.

Keywords: four-credit course transition, information systems major, dual-listed courses, five-year information systems program, total quality management

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