Information technology companies, consulting firms, and companies that strategically employ graduates to advance their industry position are all interested in information systems. They also are partners of the MIS Advisory Board, the MIS Department’s primary mechanism for interacting with the business community to ensure that Georgia’s MIS graduates meet the needs of industry.
The MIS Advisory Board works with the MIS department to develop more relevant curriculum and courses, award scholarships to outstanding MIS students, and foster invaluable interactions between companies, faculty and students. These companies provide significant insights and contributions to the MIS Department in exchange for access to our highly sought after students.
As student representatives on the board, we:
- Work directly with Hugh Watson, our board’s director, assisting him in a variety of Board-related tasks. Student Board members will have one or more projects that they are responsible for.
- Have a direct impact on the MIS program, interacting with senior Terry faculty and having the opportunity to share your unique perspective and voice peer concerns
- Reap the benefits of developing both IT and business skills as you help advance the Board, generating new memberships, shaping strategy, and managing communications.
- Receive a one-year personal membership to the board after you graduate. This will allow you to continue networking with industry professionals and gain access to industry thought leaders
These are some of the responsibilities that you could be involved in. Not all activities are performed every semester — a few projects at a time will be emphasized on the basis of personal interest and aptitude.
- Assist with the MIS Advisory Board meetings
- Pre-meeting: agenda setting and dissemination (standard information emails), RSVP confirmation, name tags, and event coordination
- During meeting: take notes, take pictures, and act as a host, greeting guests and assisting the event coordinator while representing the MIS program
- Post-meeting: compile and organize notes into an easy to read document, post pictures on website and debrief to discuss possible changes
- Facilitate valuable discussions between students and faculty regarding what students are looking for from MIS classes and what they need to know to bridge the gap between the classroom and the boardroom
- Develop ideas to help forward the mission of the UGA-MIS Industry Advisory Board (e.g., additional advantages to being a corporate member, ways to get appropriate students to the attention of corporate members, ways to get more companies interested in our students, ways to get more students into MIS)
- Develop proposals for faculty to enhance the MIS program, based on suggestions raised in board meetings from both the business community and faculty
- Conduct formal surveys highlighting fellow student’s feedback on certain concepts and/or implementation of new programs