Sandra Gorka

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The information technology (IT) industry has the expectation that graduates of IT programs should be productive from day one with little or no additional training. In order to provide graduates who can meet this expectation, experiential learning activities are essential for today's undergraduate student. Experiential learning activities are beneficial at(More)
The last twenty years has seen the development of demand for a new type of computing professional, which has resulted in the emergence of the academic discipline of Information Technology (IT). Numerous colleges and universities across the country and abroad have responded by developing programs without the advantage of an existing model for guidance.(More)
Living-learning communities (LLCs) have been used as a recruiting and retention tool by colleges and universities since the 1960s. Recently, they have seen resurgence in popularity. In 2010, Pennsylvania College of Technology (Penn College) started developing academically themed residential learning communities and as part of that program, started a LLC for(More)
An effort has recently concluded for developing recommended information technology (IT) curricula and accreditation standards. This paper addresses what industry can expect from graduates of programs utilizing these guidelines. It addresses the knowledge, skills and abilities, as well as the philosophy, of graduates of IT bachelor degree programs. It also(More)
Projected enrollment in Pennsylvania high schools is expected to continue to decline over the next 10 to 15 years. Additionally, current economic and budget constraints are encouraging students to consider community colleges as the beginning of their baccalaureate degree programs. This increases the pressure on four-year colleges and universities to(More)
There is currently significant demand for information security professionals. Preparing students to enter the workforce in an information security career often begins in college. This poster provides an overview of the educational modules used in an after-high school for college credit program to push the pipeline into high schools.
The goal of this panel is to discuss best practices for capstone experiences for BSIT degree programs. The panel will contrast varied implementations of IT integrative capstone experiences to provide a starting point for discussion. Each panelist will briefly describe their institution's capstone experience, discuss the benefits and drawbacks to their(More)
Development and modification of academic programs is enhanced by incorporating input from the stakeholders of the program. This paper discusses the process used by an Information Assurance and Security (IAS) program to obtain input from students during their final year of the program. Students evaluated job advertisements and information assurance(More)