IT Consulting Education Excellence
The Computer Information Systems (CIS) major at James Madison University has a fifteen-year history of providing quality IT consulting education to undergraduate computer information systems students.
The core component of our undergraduate IT consulting education is CIS434 IT Consulting, an elective that draws on alumni expertise and enhances our relationship with recruiters. IT Consulting topics are also interwoven throughout the required major/minor coursework; helping to produce a graduate that understand consulting issues. In addition, we have three sponsored consulting competitions; Deloitte Consulting Case Competition, DRC Consulting Challenge and Booz Allen Hamilton Case Competition. These sponsored events allow students to engage in consulting activities, network with professional consultants, and enhance their problem solving skills.
Positive client engagement is vital to the success of IT consultants, as too is positive student engagement in student run clubs and activities. The JMU Student Chapter of the Association of Information Technology Professions (AITP) works hand-in-hand with the CIS major to provide professional development, networking opportunities and organization skills.
Access to an extensive population of talented consultants effects the research direction of the CIS faculty at JMU. Currently, IT Consulting research projects are directed at studying the attributes of success consultants and identifying the benefits of consulting mentor/mentee relationships.