Yolanda Brown, BBA in MIS student, earned first place in the Temple Analytics Challenge, a university wide competition which attracted 183 entries consisting of more than 400 students across seven different colleges. Read more…
The Fox School of Business Bachelor of Business Administration Major in Management Information Systems has moved into the Top 15 in the recently released 2014 U.S. News and World Report Best Undergraduate Business Programs – Business Specialties ranking. The Fox School’s Management Information Systems (MIS) program climbed three spots from No. 17 in the country to No. 14th. Overall, the Fox School’s undergraduate business program is ranked 58th in the nation. This is the third consecutive year that the BBA in MIS has made the U.S. News ranking and the third consecutive positive move up in the rankings!
The Top 15 status places the program in elite top 1% of all 1300 undergraduate MIS programs in the United States.
The ranking follows and continues the premier status of the Fox School’s Department of Management Information Systems, whose research output has been ranked No. 1 in the world in the 2012 update of the Association for Information Systems (AIS) publications survey. The department was ranked first for the period 2009-12, maintaining the leading position it has held for three years.
The Temple MIS Association for Information Systems (AIS) student chapter – the first ever – has been an Outstanding Chapter for three consecutive years and has earned first or second place in each of the categories it entered at the AIS international student-chapter competition.
The full U.S. News and World Report rankings are available at www.usnews.com/colleges (note: requires subscription)
The Institute for Business and Information Technology (IBIT) announces the Fox IT Career Fair on October 09, 2013, 11am-3pm, Alter Hall. Interact with top employers who are specifically interested in recruiting Fox MIS, ITACS, ITM, Digital Marketing, and ITIE students (majors and minors, grad and undergrad).
Merck, Lockheed Martin, AstraZeneca, Cigna, Dow, and QVC are attending as well as many others to recruit for full-time and internship positions. See http://ibit.temple.edu/careerfair for a complete list of employers. These employers are coming because they have made a commitment to your program and major, and to the nationally ranked Fox Department of Management Information Systems.
To participate in this career fair you will need:
- To be CSPD’d
- An approved eportfolio listed on the Fox MIS Community eportfolio site at: http://community.mis.temple.edu/eportfolios/
- Completed registration on http://ibit.temple.edu/careerfair/about/attendance-and-registration/. The deadline is October 2, 2013.
In order to have an approved eportfolio you must submit it to the above site for approval. Please be sure to read all of the points on the samples and resources page before submitting your eportfolio.
Each student that registers by the deadline will receive free special business cards to hand out to employers at the Fox IT Career Fair. These business cards will list your name, major, email address and will have a QR code to scan and easily access your eportfolio.
The Community platform introduces digital badges to recognize the professional achievements of FOX MIS students. To be awarded a badge, students will add a custom developed widget to their eportfolio. Once the widget is added, the student will automatically receive the appropriate badge based on their professional development points. The badge levels are:
- Grand Master (2000 plus): The pinnacle of professional readiness. Grand Master’s have extensive experience in engaging with industry, have demonstrated extensive leadership and communication skills, and are likely to take on leadership roles in the future.
- Master (1500 plus): The master of professional achievement. Master’s have gone above and beyond all the basic requirements and excelled in every category of professional development, career knowledge, networking and are expected to be stars in their careers.
- Candidate (1000 plus): The complete well-rounded student. Candidates have excelled in meeting all the department’s requirements for professional development. They are ready for the workplace!
- Apprentice (700 plus): Apprentices have started investing in their professional development early and are well on track to meet the department’s requirements for professional achievement.
Read the article by Peter Key of the Philadelphia Business Journal on the MIS Community platform!
The Management Information Systems department is pleased to announce a new Business Analytics Minor in collaboration with the Fox School’s Department of Statistics. The coursework exposes students to hands-on, cutting edge tools and techniques in predictive modeling, forecasting, association mining, cluster analysis, decision trees, unstructured “big” data, sentiment analysis, and experimental design. Students will develop skills in these areas and learn to apply them, enhancing their knowledge and marketability. The Business Analytics Minor is appropriate for all business majors who want to be at the forefront of using data effectively in their discipline.
port•fo•li•o (pôrt-fo¹lê-o´, port-) noun – The collection of materials which are representative of a person’s work: a photographer’s portfolio; an artist’s portfolio of drawings.
As an entry-level IT professional, what is in your portfolio? Besides your transcript and your diploma, what do you have to show to employers that you are going to be a successful IT professional? At Fox MIS, students show their academic and professional development success by:
- creating and maintaining a digital identity (e-portfolio)
- (new) compiling a required portfolio of professional development activities that is based on acquiring points for each activity
- (new) gaining recognition for their achievements through the e-portfolio wire and portfolio point leader board.
MIS students start to develop a portfolio in their first MIS class and continue to receive opportunities to add to their portfolio as they progress through the curriculum. Checkpoints throughout the curriculum make sure that students stay on course to graduate with the required number of minimum points. Students receive points for participation in professional development activities and for applying academic learning to practice (e.g., internships, student organization leadership). Students showcase their achievements on e-portfolios.
The portfolio points program was started in spring 2012 by Professor Mart Doyle.
Fifteen students from the Fox School’s Association for Information Systems (AIS) student chapter recently traveled to Provo, Utah, where they participated in the first-ever international AIS student chapter competition and earned first or second place in each of the categories they entered. The event included approximately 150 participants from 24 schools.
AIS is the premier global organization for information systems. The Fox School’s AIS chapter was the first student chapter in the world and was named a 2010 and 2011 Outstanding Chapter. This April, four teams of students advanced to the AIS competition finals in three categories: Mobile App, IT Video and IT Risk. Three of the four teams came out on top and earned international recognition with first- and second-place wins during the annual AIS student leadership conference.
Fox’s Mobile App team, which developed Sutify – an app to manage users’ professional wardrobes – and the IT Video team, which produced a video promoting IT as a career choice, won first place in their respective categories. One of the two IT Risk teams won second place in the IT Risk category for a detailed case study.
I have to say they were dominant in every facet of the conference
E. Carey O’Donnell, AIS chapter faculty advisor, Assistant Professor.
In addition to making it to the finals in Utah and winning first and second place in their target categories, Temple’s AIS students also presented at two sessions during the conference, held in conjunction with the competition. One of the presenters was Michelle Dy-Reyes, outgoing president of Temple AIS.
The recent AIS student chapter competition awards were a direct reflection of the drive, talent and competitive spirit of our AIS chapter here at Temple. We have been able to cultivate critical thinkers with keen eyes for award-winning technology solutions.
Michelle Dy-Reyes, AIS President
Students were able to network with leading executives, including the chief information officer of Walmart, Karenann Terrel, who mentioned the Fox students in her conference speech. The students also attracted attention and praise from AIS Executive Director Pete Tinsley.
Winning awards in three out of the four competitions makes the chapter one of the most decorated this year. Temple continues to be a shining example of an outstanding AIS student chapter of which others should strive to emulate.
Pete Tinsley, AIS Executive Director
For the Mobile App team, this competition was a tremendous boost to the recognition they have received since launching Suitify. The app, which allows users to store their wardrobe options, save outfits and plan clothing choices in a calendar format, has been approved for display in the Windows Phone marketplace. To date it has received an average 4.8 out of 5 rating. The app’s first-place win at the AIS competition was attributed, in part, to the group’s strong business model and projected success.
We have plans to continue developing the app, to finish fleshing out our business model of saving users’ wardrobe data and implementing a clothing suggestion feature.
Andy Roche, Suitify team member
In terms of national prominence, this competition was the Fox School AIS chapter’s biggest success yet, and the students are eager to continue competing, O’Donnell said. The winning Fox School AIS teams were:
- Mobile App first-place team: Andrew Roche, Scott Raff and John Shaw
- IT Video first-place team: Ryan Oliviera, Matt Adrien and Sara Rezaeian
- IT Risk second-place team: Valerie Spinosi, Menora Labrooy and Haoren Yu
- IT Risk finalists: Roman Nicholas, Czarina Agravante, Courtney Minich and Natalie Divalentino
The Association of Information Systems (AIS), the premier global organization for information systems, has named the Fox School’s AIS student professional organization a 2011 Outstanding Chapter. To learn more, read the full story on the Fox School site at: http://www.fox.temple.edu/posts/2011/11/mis-student-organization-again-recognized-as-an-outstanding-chapter/
A quick Google and Facebook search is all it takes to learn a lot about a person or a firm. Branding was always important for large firms but now each individual and every firm is a ‘brand’ – and that brand or digital identity will directly impact your career and job search. Students are particularly vulnerable to ‘branding’ (both positive and negative) because you come to college with at least a ‘Facebook’ brand. The MIS Community site offers a number of new tools that you can use to take charge of your brand and participate in the overall community.
An e-portfolio, also known as an electronic resume, is a collection of documents about your individual skill sets and body of work. You can use an e-portfolio to actively control and manage your digital identity and reputation so that you can get the best job and internship. The e-portfolio is intended to be more formal than a Facebook page but more creative and open than a LinkedIn page. E-portfolios are a required assignment in MIS 2101 starting in fall 2011 and as part of that we are now ready to roll out version 2 of the e-portfolio concept:
- New custom design student e-portfolio themes with detailed instructions and templates and a list of common mistakes. Are you still using the old student theme from last year?
- New workshops and tutorials (stay tuned for announcements)
- A redesigned e-portfolio site through which students can easily submit e-portfolios’ for listing (for prospective employers)
- A new search engine for employers to locate students. The search engine uses profile fields to show status, interest, type of job, skills and other relevant criteria. To show up in this search engine, you must submit your e-portfolio for listing per the above. If you have already listed your e-portfolio see below on how you can update your status and profile.
Profile fields are a key element of social media sites such as Facebook and LinkedIn – this is how people find you, learn your status, and how the software automatically suggests new contacts. Profile fields can serve a career placement function when they are used with e-portfolios to quickly find people based on employment status, looking for a job or not, looking for full-time or part-time jobs, experience, type of job interest (e.g., developer vs. analyst), and skills and interests (e.g., auditing, cyber-security, social media, etc.). Profiles about each person are also relevant to us as members of the extended MIS community – the above information is what binds us together professionally and is different from what we would normally use to identify people at the Facebook (if we limit it to friends and family) and LinkedIn (if we limit it to established career networking) levels.
The FoxMIS community site profile fields are now fully enabled and set up. You can set your profile by logging in to the site, clicking on ‘My Account’ at the top of the screen and then selecting ‘Profile’ and ‘Edit Profile.’ On the resulting screen, click on ‘Professional Details’ to set your profile. There you will see two parts that you need to update—base and professional details. You can ignore all the fields that are not relevant to you. What is exciting is that once you have for example, selected a particular skill or interest, you can later click on that item and see all the people who are interested in that area. That moves us closer to being a real community!
Analytics provides the tools to evaluate the results of designing digital identities and a feedback loop back into search engine optimization (SEO) and reputation management. The MIS Community site is setup to use Google Analytics which will allow you to see the ‘hits’ you are generating on your e-portfolio and the demographics of where those hits are coming from. You will learn how to use Google Analytics in MIS 2101. If you have already taken MIS 2101, please contact one of your professors who can provide you with the information on how to setup Google Analytics.
Coming soon – Portfolio requirement and an achievement and point system
In a completely flat world, how do you gain recognition? What can we do to further support the best students? We are working on implementing a portfolio requirement (initially only for the MIS major) that is based on a point system modeled on the ‘achievement and status’ metaphor used by gaming sites and like everything else we do – it will be on the MIS community site, completely open, and flat.
A portfolio requirement means that the student completes a series of tasks and activities outside of regular class work as part of their graduation requirement. Potential portfolio requirements include both micro and macro level tasks such as:
- An internship, project-based internship, or service learning
- An e-portfolio including online resume and online projects
- Updated profile fields on the MIS community site
- Completing workshops offered by the Center for Student Professional Development (CSPD)
- Posting comments across class sites
- Participation in activities of the Association for Information Systems (AIS)
- A final project that is eligible for awards and seed money funding
Students will be required to achieve point levels through online, off-line, departmental, AIS, and school wide activities before they can progress through the curriculum and the points will be maintained and highlighted online. We will be soliciting input from students (through AIS) to finalize the list above.