Smith School Undergraduate IT Program Listed Among U.S. Top 10 TechRepublic Special
Report Cites Student Preparedness for Leadership Roles
The Robert H. Smith School of Business undergraduate information technology (IT)
program was listed among the U.S. Top 10 in a special report released by the business
technology news network TechRepublic on Nov. 3, 2008. The school was cited as among
the nation’s best for students seeking leadership and managerial roles in the IT
field, as well as for recruiters seeking the best talent.
According to Jason Hiner, editor-in-chief of TechRepublic, in the introduction
to the report, “A degree from one of these 10 programs will provide a great foundation
for a successful IT career.”
The Smith School is highlighted for its effectiveness in preparing IS students
to be effective leaders. In describing the strengths of Smith’s program, the report
quotes Hank Lucas, chair of the decision, operations and information technologies
department, along with a current student.
“We know that the key thing we need to do is help students learn how to solve
problems. Some of the facts they learn today will change as the industry evolves,
but if they can look at new technology and know how to apply it, they’ll be positioned
well for career success,” Lucas said.
When selecting its list of Top 10 undergraduate IS/IT programs, TechRepublic
assessed which would offer the most value. An education committee evaluated the
following criteria: curriculum, cost vs. value, student/faculty ratio, percentage
of faculty with PhDs, job placement, co-ops and/or internships, number of computer
labs and the overall strength of the program.
A copy of the TechRepublic
Special Report Top 10 U.S. College Programs for IT can be found online.