CWUNews FeedNews Feed New FlexIT PACE Program, Students Earn Competency-Based Online BS Degree at Accelerated Pace and Lower Cost, 18 Jun 2014 09:07:24<p><img alt="" src="/it-management/sites/" style="float: right; margin-left: 7px; margin-right: 7px;" height="150" width="270">Central Washington University announces the FlexIT PACE program, a new online bachelor of science degree in Information Technology and Administrative Management (ITAM) that is completely self paced, real-world focused and competency based. FlexIT is the first of its kind for Washington State public higher education institutions, bringing a groundbreaking alternative to students who want to earn a degree in Retail Management and Technology.</p><p>CWU's FlexIT PACE program provides students the ability to complete their degree in a way that matches their needs and timeline. PACE stands for Proven Applied Content Experts, which is what students become after completing the program.</p><p>Education is traditionally based on a university schedule, but FlexIT PACE is based entirely on each student's schedule, needs and abilities. Students determine the speed with which they complete their courses. In each six-month increment, students can complete as many competencies and courses as they are able, receiving one-on-one mentoring. This new program saves students time and money, as the price is a $6,000 flat fee every six months. That cost includes all the classes one can complete, textbooks, and a mentor for personalized support and guidance. (Financial aid is available.)</p><p>"This competency self-paced degree is in response to the challenge to meet the Washington State Achievement Council’s goal of 70 percent of all Washington adults participating in post-secondary education,” says Tracy Pellett, PhD, CWU Associate Provost. “The best way to increase college access is to creatively and innovatively meet the unique needs of working adults who are bound by location and time.”</p><p>Faculty mentors provide one-on-one guidance and assist students in moving as fast or as slow as they wish, depending on their abilities, past experiences, and personal situations. The degree is well suited for retail specialists who want a traditional, yet self-paced degree; who desire an accelerated self-guided program; or for experienced retail professionals who want to avoid spending class time on topics they already know.</p><p>As more public universities expand to meet high-demand markets, more programs like CWU’s FlexIT PACE program are being offered. UC Davis School of Medicine recently announced a partnership with Kaiser Permanente Northern California to facilitate qualified medical students in accelerating the completion of their studies down to three from the traditional six or seven years. The University of Arizona now offers a successful competency-based leadership program based on curriculums and benchmarks from more than 500 schools across multiple career fields. The University of Wisconsin now offers flexible, competency-based programs in the RN to BSN nursing program and a bachelor of science in information science and technology.&nbsp;</p><p>CWU is the first Washington State higher education institution to offer a true undergrad competency-based flexible program and now leads the state in a growing new trend that enables students to earn a credible degree in their own time and at their own pace.</p><p>"I've interviewed hundreds of people and never once asked for verification of their degree or education,” says Kim Obbink, CEO, Filter Digital. “However, I always ask for evidence of their abilities.&nbsp; A program like FlexIT is the best way to create this real world evidence pertaining to knowledge and abilities."</p><p>"I work for Costco, which places a high value on degrees,” says Stephanie Wildman, a graduate of CWU’s ITAM department. “Education is the next step for those wanting to move up within their career,” she says, adding, “the FlexIT program is a great way for people to achieve this."</p><p>"FlexIT PACE meets the needs of students who already have experience and knowledge, but the lack of a degree is holding them back," says Laura Portolese Dias, PhD, program coordinator and assistant professor of ITAM.</p><p>The Retail Management and Technology degree prepares business professionals for careers infused with information technology in areas such as e-commerce, management, selling, purchasing, operations, merchandising, distribution and logistics, and entrepreneurship. The program is based on six-month blocks with once-a-month start dates for new students. The program begins October 1, 2014.</p><p><a href="">Click here for more information about FlexIT!</a></p><p>June 18, 2014</p>Building a Better Internship Experience, 22 May 2014 09:57:24<p><img alt="" src="/it-management/sites/" style="width: 500px; height: 578px;"></p><p>For ITAM majors, the internship is one of the most important elements of their educational journey. In order to help our students be more successful and prepared for the internship experience, we have added <strong>RMT 379 - Internship Planning</strong> as a mandatory pre-requisite for the internship experience.</p><h2>Important things to remember:</h2><ul><li><em><strong>One credit class</strong></em></li><li><em><strong>Only offered Fall and Winter Quarters</strong></em></li><li><em><strong>Must be completed before enrolling in your internship</strong></em></li><li><em><strong>The best time to take this course is Fall Quarter</strong></em></li></ul><h2>Next steps:</h2><ul><li><em><strong>Talk to your advisor and incorporate RMT 379 into your academic plan</strong></em></li><li><em><strong>Register for RMT 379 Fall or Winter quarter </strong></em></li></ul><p>If you have any questions or concerns, we are happy to help.</p><p><em><strong>Email us:</strong></em></p><p><em><strong>Call us: 509.963.2611</strong></em></p><p><em><strong>Find us: Shaw-Smyser Rm. 223</strong></em></p>Are You Ready for Summer?, 23 Apr 2014 10:17:51<h2>Summer is one of the best times to be an ITAMer!<br><em>There's a lot going on:</em></h2><p>Dr. Lupton and Dr. Braunstein will lead a group of our talented students on an epic adventure through Central Europe.</p><p>The new faculty hires will be moving in and getting ready to teach (but no spoilers . . . yet)!</p><p>Dr. Natalie Lupton will be gearing up the new Master of Science program for the first cohorts starting in the Fall.</p><h3><strong>And hundreds of our students will be taking online classes while still enjoying their summer break.</strong></h3><h3><em>Have you considered enrolling for Summer Quarter?</em></h3><p><em><strong>Summer Quarter classes have many benefits for you:</strong></em></p><ul><li>The online modality gives you the flexibility to travel, work, and have some fun while completing degree requirements</li><li>No reserves makes it easier to get into high-demand classes that were full during the regular academic year</li><li>Financial aid is available</li><li>Taking courses Summer Quarter allows you to accelerate your academic progress</li><li>Pick from a large variety of classes, there's something for everyone! Check out the complete list of course offerings <a href="/it-management/sites/" target="_blank"><em><strong>here</strong></em></a>.</li></ul><h3><em>Registration begins May 5th. Schedule a meeting with your advisor today and make your plan.</em></h3><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p>New CWU ITAM Master’s Degree Takes Just One Year to Complete, 09 Apr 2014 11:10:00<p>Central Washington University has announced the launch of the state’s first master of science degree in Information Technology and Administrative Management (ITAM) that can be completed within a calendar year.</p><p>“This master’s program was designed specifically in response to the needs of industry and the requests of students,” says Natalie Lupton, CWU ITAM professor and the program’s coordinator. “ITAM serves a high-demand field, and this will quickly become a very high demand master’s degree.”</p><p>This new master’s degree is the first to receive funding through the university’s Innovation Fund, which, in part, helps sponsor new campus initiatives that have the potential to grow student enrollment and respond to the needs of state business and industry.</p><p>ITAM is among the fast-growing sectors of the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) field. The CWU degree prepares graduates to manage a division or business of a technology or technology-driven organization.</p><p>“Our master’s graduates will leave here with expertise, which will allow them to manage employees working in the computer science and information system fields, among others,” Lupton explains. “They will leave with advanced skills in leadership, team building, conflict resolution, and other ‘soft skills.’ Right now, that’s where there’s a big gap.”</p><p>The job base for ITAM graduates is predicted to continue to grow through 2022, based on a recent US News and World Report study. The median salary range right now for this field is $97,000, Lupton points out.</p><p>“With the cost of our program being less than a quarter of that for full-time, in-state students, it offers individuals a great investment for their future,” she added.</p><p>Instead of the typical master’s program, which requires a thesis, CWU’s program requires a yearlong research project, which could be related to—and used in—a student’s career.</p><p>“Most master’s programs are set up for students who want to get their PhD degrees,” adds Natalie Lupton. “Our MS-ITAM is different in that it’s designed for students going into, or moving up, or cross-training in the workplace. It’s not that our students couldn’t go on to get a doctorate, but this program is suited for those looking to expand their career opportunities through application-based coursework.”</p><p>Starting next fall, the program will be available both fully online and in-class on the Ellensburg campus. Even without a marketing effort, Lupton says the ITAM department is already receiving daily inquires from interested students about the program.</p><p>Applications for the innovative program are now being accepted. More information is available at</p><p><br><strong>Media contact:</strong> Robert Lowery, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-1487,</p><p>April 9, 2014</p>CWU and ITAM Join CyberWatch West!, 11 Mar 2014 13:12:22<p><img alt="" src="/it-management/sites/" style="width: 500px; height: 247px; float: left;"></p><h3>&nbsp;</h3><h3>CWU and the ITAM Department are pleased to announce that they are now members of CyberWatch West!</h3><p><strong>What is CyberWatch West (CWW)?</strong></p><p>CyberWatch West is the first center in the Western United States dedicated to Cybersecurity. Striving to increase the quantity and quality of the national Cybersecurity workforce, CWW works to improve existing resources and build upon them to develop effective training and teaching modules. They have a strong focus on student development, professional development and curriculum.</p><p>Recognizing the ever-growing need for quality academic programs in the field of Cybersecurity, a dedicated group of ITAM faculty and staff assisted in building this partnership.</p><p><strong>What does this mean for ITAM students?</strong></p><p>This partnership provides access to extensive curriculum resources that will enhance programs, guest speakers, workshops, and an ever-growing network of industry contacts in this field.</p><p><strong>Want to get involved? Here's how:</strong></p><p>Explore the CWW website at: <a href=""></a>.</p><p>Participate in one of the three college-level competitions offered by CWW.</p><p>Talk to ITAM professor, <a href="">Gary Rogers</a>, to learn more about this area of study.</p><p>Know that you want to do this as a career? Sign up for a minor in Cybersecurity through the ITAM department. You can find more information about this high-demand program <a href="">here</a> including curriculum and how to apply.</p><p>&nbsp;</p>ITAM is on YouTube!, 10 Mar 2014 15:43:40<h3>Do you want to learn more about our programs?</h3><p>These videos will show you what ITAM is all about! Meet some of our talented faculty here:</p><p><iframe class="youtube-player" src="" title="YouTube video player" type="text/html" frameborder="0" height="390" width="480"></iframe></p><p>Or get the inside scoop from some of our current students!</p><p><iframe class="youtube-player" src="" title="YouTube video player" type="text/html" frameborder="0" height="390" width="480"></iframe></p><h3>Are you an online student who wants to see first-hand the department, the professors, and your fellow students?</h3><p>Our videos are all filmed on location at the ITAM Department at Central Washington University. We've interviewed lots of students and faculty to give you the inside scoop and help you get to know us better. Start with the videos above and then we invite you to explore our channel: <a href="">CWUITManagement</a>. More videos coming soon!</p><h3>Have questions? Is there a topic you'd like us to cover? Want to send us your own video about your ITAM experience? <a href="">Email us</a>! We'd love to hear from you.</h3>Central Europe Trip Announced!, 06 Nov 2013 09:22:17<h2><strong>Study Abroad in Central Europe</strong><br>Summer 2014</h2><h3>June 14-July 7</h3><h3>International Comparative ITAM Study Abroad<br>In cooperation with The School of Management,<br>Bratislava, Slovakia</h3><p>Led by Dr. Lori Braunstein and Dr. Robert Lupton</p><p>This unique study abroad program is a timely course that will acquaint both the first time traveler and the experienced traveler to the international world of retailing, advertising, business, management, and information technology. This class will introduce you to five Central European countries (Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, and Austria), their languages, their cultures, and their business ideologies.</p><p>Cost includes:</p><ul><li>All housing costs while in Central Europe</li><li>Transportation costs in Central Europe, except during student free time</li><li>Cultural Event costs in Central Europe, except during student free time</li><li>Some meals</li><li>All for $2,250</li></ul><p>Your additional costs include:</p><ul><li>10 credits through the ITAM Department. Credits may be used for the required ITAM internship (NOTE: students who do not need to complete an internship, the purchase of credits is optional.)</li><li>Airfare</li><li>Meals during free time</li><li>Cultural Events during free time</li><li>Transportation during free time</li><li>Spending money</li></ul><p>Note: Financial Aid, if you are eligible, can be used for summer credits, the cost of the program, and even your airfare! Additionally, financial aid monies can be released early to help pay for the program fee and airfare. Work with the Financial Aid Office early to see about securing a distribution for Summer 2014.</p><p>For application and information packet, please email Dr. Lori Braunstein at or stop by her office in Shaw/Smyser 238.</p><p>&nbsp;</p>CWU Presents Cybersecurity 101 for Businesses, Families, 18 Oct 2013 08:09:57<p><img alt="" src="/it-management/sites/" style="width: 480px; height: 320px; "></p><p>Every day, bad actors from throughout the United States and as far away as China and the Baltic states assault Central Washington University’s computer networks to get at sensitive data.<br>“It’s a never-ending storm,” said Andreas Bohman, CWU’s vice president of information security.<br>Bohman talked about cyber security risks for businesses and families at CWU today, where he showed guests how to crack weak passwords, hijack unsecured wireless networks and mine information from social media profiles with too much information and too little security.</p><p>Read more of the <a href="">Daily Record story here</a>.</p><p>Story by Andy Matarrese, photo by Brian Myrick</p>Cybersecurity and Me, 08 Oct 2013 08:38:26<p>Cybersecurity and Me<br><br>Friday, October 11th, 2013<br>Hertz Auditorium from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM</p><p><strong>Who is lurking on your smartphone?</strong></p><p>In today's interconnected world, we are faced with an ever-changing information environment and we have to educate ourselves on the vulnerabilities and threats this information is exposed to. We are bombarded with attacks from many different vectors, such as email, online banking, social media, and mobile devices, both from a personal and business perspective. Knowing how to navigate this environment and how to secure our personal information is becoming a critical task in all of our lives.</p><p>The presentations by CWU Professor, Dr. Gary Rogers and CWU CISO Andreas Bohman will touch on many of these topics and they will give you some relevant tips and techniques for keeping your data safe. Learn about cyber attacks, malware, botnets, and terms like hacktivism. Understand what CWU is doing to protect your personal information and your role in protecting it.</p><p>Computer Hijacking on Campus?<br>CWU Cybersecurity Awareness Month Aims to Help Educate.</p><p><br>Bring a friend, have some pizza, and discover the difference between a phishing attack and a harmless spam e-mail!</p>Gary Rogers on New Cybersecurity Minor, 16 Jul 2013 11:37:53<p>&nbsp;</p><p>The Department of Information Technology and Administrative Management proudly launches its new Cybersecurity Minor!</p><p>In a recent interview for KOHO radio professor Gary Rogers outlined the details of the new program and its benefits. Listen to the full interview here:</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">CWU Adds New CyberSecurity Program</a></p><p><a href="">Click here to learn more about this exciting new program!</a></p>