WPI to Deliver Online Info Tech Course

Contact: Arlie Corday, WPI Media & Community Relations

WORCESTER, Mass. - Worcester Polytechnic Institute will offer a cutting-edge information technology course delivered entirely online next semester. Titled "Information and Decision Support Systems," the course is part of the Masters in Business Administration program in the Department of Management. It will be held during spring semester, beginning Jan. 17, and enrollment is currently on-going.

"We've offered our full MBA program via distance learning since 1979, making WPI one of the first universities in the United States to offer an MBA with no residency requirement," said Norm Wilkinson, director of Graduate Management Programs at WPI. "Traditionally, our distance delivery system has been video-based. We are now moving toward Web-based delivery of our courses, which will allow us to reach students worldwide without the logistical issues involved with shipping videotapes or synching up videoconferences."

The upcoming spring semester course, taught by Diane Strong, an assistant professor in the Department of Management, is one of the cornerstones of WPI's information technology studies. Its focus is on managerial decision-making, the information needed to make decisions and the information technologies and systems designed to support and improve such decision-making. The course carries three graduate credits.

WPI allows students to take up to two graduate management courses for credit without formally matriculating in a degree program. For more information, please contact Norm Wilkinson at 508-831-5218 or nwilkins@wpi.edu. For more information on WPI's Graduate Management Programs, go to the departmental Web site at http://mgnt.wpi.edu/.