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New Graduate Exit Requirements

MSIS students graduating in fall 2019 or later must complete the following two requirements during the semester in which they plan to graduate: (1) Student Learning Collection (SLC) and (2) Exit Survey. Students who will graduate in spring 2019 or summer 2019 are required to complete the comprehensive exam, ePortfolio or thesis in order to graduate (see SIS Graduate Student Handbook).

Requirement 1: Student Learning Collection (SLC)

The Student Learning Collection (SLC) is a collection of work, selected by the student, which they have completed during their time in the MSIS program.

Who will complete an SLC?

MSIS students graduating in fall 2019 or later.

What is included in the SLC?

Each student will select three or more unique course assignments to include in their SLC that address five (of nine) MSIS Program Outcomes. Note that one assignment might address more than one program outcome. It is assumed that students will include their best work in their SLCs. Students will also be required to write brief descriptions of how each submitted assignment reflects the intended program outcome.

How will students know which assignments to use for the SLC?

Starting in spring 2019, each MSIS course syllabus will identify at least one assignment that is connected to at least one of the nine MSIS Program Outcomes. SIS will provide students with a reference list that maps assignments to program outcomes for courses offered prior to the spring 2019 semester. Students are encouraged to speak with their academic advisors if an MSIS course which they completed during their time in the program is not on the reference list.

When and how will students submit the SLC?

During the semester in which a student expects to graduate, they will be given approximately one month to submit the SLC using an online submission form. Specific deadlines, and a link to the SLC submission form will be sent to students via email at the start of the semester in which they plan to graduate.

Why is SIS making this change?

SLC’s will allow SIS faculty and administrators to gather important information about how well they are preparing students to meet the advertised Program Outcomes. Completing the SLC will also provide students with an opportunity to reflect on their academic accomplishments over the course of the MSIS program.

Exit Survey

After completing the SLC, students will be sent an email link to an online exit survey and will be given two weeks to complete this survey. The exit survey asks students to evaluate their experiences in the MSIS program. It takes approximately 20-30 minutes to complete.

Note about the Previous Exit Requirement

Starting in fall 2019, the exit requirements described above replace the previous capstone requirement. The previous requirement asked students to complete one of three capstone options: (1) comprehensive exam; (2) ePortfolio; or (3) thesis. The comprehensive exam will no longer be offered after summer 2019. Students may still complete an ePortfolio or thesis as part of their coursework, but neither experience will be required, and neither is a substitute for the exit requirements described above.