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IS programs rank in top 10

By Sookhan Ho

Spectrum Volume 17 Issue 22 - March 2, 1995

Recruiters have ranked Virginia Tech among the 10 best schools in the nation in information systems programs. The ranking was published in the January 9 issue of Computerworld magazine, which polled recruiters from 25 major companies that regularly hire new graduates in the information systems field.

The national ranking is "strong evidence" of the success of the decision support systems option in management science and the accounting information systems option, say Pamplin College of Business department heads Bernard Taylor, management science, and Wayne Leininger, accounting.

Taylor points out that "the companies cited in the article, including TRW Systems, EDS Corporation, and Booz Allen and Hamilton, annually recruit about 90 graduates of our DSS option." The consulting practices of the Big Six accounting firms, Leininger adds, "aggressively recruit graduates from our accounting information systems program."

The story quoted one recruiter who said, "It isn't just pure (information technology) work. Now we need people to solve complicated business problems."

The ranking, compiled in alphabetical order, includes the University of Virginia, the only other Virginia school listed. The other eight schools are: Carnegie Mellon University, Howard University, Purdue University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, State University of New York, University of Maryland, University of Pennsylvania, and University of Southern California.