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  1. On CIS Curriculum (and recent changes) Feedback from Recent Grads

  2. Outline • Venue and Recent Grads • Three Questions We Ask • Common Answers • Action Plan • Summary

  3. Venue: Wasabi Japanese Steaknouse

  4. 11 Recent Grads • Three from PNC Bank • One each from: • Safeguard Properties • Sherwin Williams • Goodyear • KSU Department of Recreation • Valmark • First Energy • Hyland Software • Westfield Insurance

  5. PNC Bank • Nelson Ng, May 2003 • Brian Carmen, May 2004 • Jason Kaczor, May 2008 • Culture clash, worried about their jobs

  6. Safeguard Properties • Andrew Ljubi, December 2008 • Business Analyst

  7. Sherwin Williams • Dan Raczka, May 2009 • Web Development • Tough to get a job

  8. Goodyear • Jonathan Lindsey, May 2008 • Business Analyst

  9. Kent State University • Justin Schmidt, May 2009

  10. Valmark • Matthew Wojtecki, MBA December 2008

  11. First Energy • Neil Fentner • IT Analyst

  12. Hyland Software • Scott Tallam, May 2009

  13. Westfield Insurance • Warren Sill, May 2008 • Was at YRC Worldwide • Unemployed then to Westfield

  14. Three Questions • What should we have taught you that we didn’t? • What did we teach you that has been most valuable? • What should we eliminate teaching because it is irrelevant?

  15. Rules on Input • Hear once – ignore • Hear twice – think about it • Hear three times – plan for change • Hear four times – CHANGE TOMORROW

  16. What should we have taught you? • Common Themes: • Communication etiquette (In person, phone, email, text, twitter, Facebook) • Different communication styles in companies • Getting and taking feedback constructively • ROI

  17. What did we teach you that has been most valuable? • Teamwork • Conflict resolution • Critical thinking • Projects and their leadership • Business Experience

  18. What should we eliminate? • Legacy network protocols; interesting but no longer relevant. • Database course: Teach practice before theory. • Waterfall development .

  19. Action Plan • Add communication etiquette somewhere • Streamline Telecom course • Continue to stress teamwork • New PM and Team Dynamics course • Make Business Experience required (2011)

  20. Summary • Great suggestions • Wonderful to see past students again • Their success is our success!