Arizona State University
Senate Motion #2020-13
Motion Introduced by: Curriculum and Academic Programs Committee
Date of First Reading: October 7, 2019
Date of Second Reading: November 4, 2019
Title of Motion: Request from the W. P. Carey School of Business – for the name change of a graduate degree – from MS in Information Management – to MS in Information Systems Management
Action Requested: This curricular proposal has received all college, school, unit and university administrative approvals, and is being presented to the Senate for review and voting decision.
Rationale: After almost 6 years of declining enrollment, this MS was formally evaluated, and the study yielded the name of the program as a primary concern. The proposed change is from the existing program name, Master of Science in Information Management, to a new title of Master of Science in Information Systems Management.
Information Management is a name that has morphed into something different from the way the phrase was used more than a decade ago when the degree was established. Now, Information Management is an area of study that encompasses Information Systems among many others within the discipline. The change in name to Information Systems Management addresses this challenge by more clearly indicating the content of the degree: information systems and management. This change addresses this issue by explicitly stating the content of the degree in the very title. This name was chosen from the name of the offering department, and to stay distinct from other programs at the university