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Recommended Citation: Battig, M E.  Examining the Impact of a New Information Systems Program and NSF STEM Funding on Computing Enrollments.  In The Proceedings of the Information Systems Education Conference 2007, v 24 (Pittsburgh): §3312. ISSN: 1542-7382. (A later version appears in Information Systems Education Journal 7(67). ISSN: 1545-679X.)
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Examining the Impact of a New Information Systems Program and NSF STEM Funding on Computing Enrollments

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Michael E. Battig    [a1] [a2]
Computer Science Department
Saint Michaelís College    [u1] [u2]
Colchester, Vermont, USA    [c1] [c2]

At the dawn of the 21st century, we began two initiatives within our undergraduate computing program: a new major in Information Systems, and NSF STEM scholarships for Computer Science majors. We will put this work in context by examining the enrollment trends for both IS and CS as found in the current literature. In addition, we will attempt to understand some of the dynamics that influence these trends. Like politicians describing a fiscal deficit, we will see a silver-lining in reporting that when the decline is not as bad as it could have been, perhaps it can viewed as a windfall. By contrasting our experienced enrollment trends with the trends reported elsewhere, we will show that both programs have had a positive impact on our institution.

Keywords: declining enrollment, information systems education, information systems curricula, IS 2002, NSF STEM, scholarships

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