View Bill 14-15-25

Senate Bill 14-15-25

Bill ID: 14-15-25
PCC ID: 14024
Name: PCC Proposal to Establish a Bachelor of Science in Information Science
Proposed: 01/30/2015
Sponsor: PCC Committee
Proposal: The College of Information Studies (iSchool) proposes to offer a Bachelor of Science in Information Science (BSIS) degree. Information Science has emerged as an interdisciplinary field of study that explores major issues at the confluence of information, technology, and people. As data collection and analysis expands across all sectors, an information rich society requires skilled professionals able to help develop and use new information methods and technologies in diverse settings. The BSIS is a STEM program that prepares students to make a difference through information and technology by understanding, assessing, creating and managing systems to meet the needs of people, organizations and society in a variety of contexts.

BSIS will provide both breadth and depth developing graduates that select the right problems to work on, apply intellectual rigor and practical judgment in designing solutions, and exemplify professionalism through effective communication and collaboration. BSIS graduates will understand the context of problems, respect diversity, and leverage the powerful tools of the information age. The program is designed to allow students to complement their general education studies by gaining breadth and depth in core Information Science concepts and techniques. Graduates are expected to be employable in a variety of information science positions in nonprofit, for-profit, government, and entrepreneurial settings and to be well-prepared to undertake advanced graduate studies in their field of choice.


Status: Completed
Completed On: 02/19/2016


Presidential Approval: 04/15/2015
BOR Approval: 10/09/2015
MHEC Approval: 02/19/2016
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Reviewed By: Senate
Received: 04/01/2015
Decision Date: 04/08/2015
Decision: The Senate voted to approve the item.
Next Step: Presidential Approval
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Reviewed By: Senate Executive Committee (SEC)
Received: 02/05/2015
Decision Date: 02/12/2015
Decision: The SEC voted to send the proposal to the Senate for review
Next Step: Senate Review
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Reviewed By: Programs, Curricula, & Courses (PCC) Committee
Received: 01/30/2015
Decision Date: 02/06/2015
Decision: The PCC Committee voted to approve the proposal.
Actions: The PCC Committee reviewed the proposal at its meeting on February 6, 2015. The committee met with representatives from the College, and after discussion, voted to approve the proposal.
Next Step: SEC Review