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Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science : Information Technology Objectives and Outcomes

Information Technology Objectives, Student Outcomes, and Enrollment Data

We design and change the Information Technology program by first considering, along with our program constituents, what our graduates should be able to do five to seven years after completing the program, combining their academic learning with later experience. This produces our objectives, which we adjust every several years, again with the help of constituents.
 
Objectives
 
The Information Technology Program objectives are that, five to seven years after graduation, cadets who major in Information Technology will have been successful Army officers who have:
  • Indentified and exploited opportunities to improve Army operations by applying best practices in information technology.
  • Effectively communicated information technology to a range of audiences.
  • Grown professionally through self-study, continuing education, and professional development.
  • In order to reach these objectives, which are rather abstract, we make day-to-day decisions about courses and lessons using desired outcomes. These list the things our cadets should be able to do upon graduation. We consider adjustments to outcomes each year when program assessment results are reviewed.
     
    Student Outcomes
     
    The Information Technology Program enables students to attain, by the time of graduation:  
     

    (1) An ability to analyze a problem, and to identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution.

    (2) An ability to design, implement, and evaluate a computer-based solution to meet a given set of computing requirements in the context of the discipline.

    (3) An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences about technical information.

    (4) An ability to make informed judgments in computing practice based on legal and ethical principles.

    (5) An ability to function effectively on teams to establish goals, plan tasks, meet deadlines, manage risk, and produce deliverables.

    (6) An ability to identify and analyze user needs and take them into account in the selection, integration, evaluation, and administration of computer-based systems.

    Student Enrollment & Graduation Data
    Information Technology is a challenging yet accessible major.
     
    CL ‘09
    CL ‘10
    CL ‘11
    CL’12
    CL ‘13
    CL ‘14
    CL ‘15
    CL ‘16
    CL ‘17
    CL ‘18
    CL ‘19
    CL ‘20
    Initial Selection
    22
    11
    16
    11
    20
    33
    26
    14
    14
    18
    ​16 ​13
    Current Enrollment
    -
    -
    -
    -
    -
    -
    -
    -
    -
    16
    ​16 ​13
    Total Graduates
    21
    13
    18
    7
    19
    33
    31
    13 9
    IT
    18
    10
    16
    6
    18
    30
    28
    13 ​9
    IT with Honors
    3
    3
    2
    1
    1
    3
    3
    0 ​0
     
    This table shows the size of recent class year groups (by graduation year): initial selection numbers represent the number of cadets that selected IT as a major at the end of their first year; current enrollment numbers show the strength of the three year groups in progress; and total graduate numbers reflect the number of cadets that graduated on-time (in May of their expected graduation year) with IT as their primary major. Other graduates are not yet reflected in these numbers, for instance, those graduating late in August or December, and those who graduated with IT as a second major.