Ashland University Changes Name of Business Degree Program

Ashland University Changes Name of Business Degree Program

9/21/17 ASHLAND, Ohio – The Dauch College of Business and Economics (COBE) Curriculum Committee at Ashland University has approved a proposal to change the University’s Information Systems (IS) degree to a Management Information Systems (MIS) degree.

The proposal, which was initiated by the faculty within Dauch College’s Accounting and Information Systems Department, was supported by COBE Dean Dr. Elad Granot and was passed earlier this month.

“Since the Dauch College is now in the initial Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation process, we are putting an emphasis on even higher academic quality in both our curriculum and our classroom delivery,” Granot said. “And we are very proud of the faculty for ever increasing that emphasis.”

Dr. Nitin Walia, associate professor in management information systems, explained the reasoning for the name change.

“In order to be consistent with the business world and the majority of educational institutions at both the national and international level, the name of the department has been changed from Information Systems to Management Information Systems,” Walia said. “Additionally, the name change accurately reflects the curriculum and course work, which is the study of people, technology and business with emphasis on technology facilitating decision making and solving business problems.”

According to Walia, Ashland’s program in Management Information Systems combines the love of technology with core business savvy.
“Systems thinking, an ability to analyze business problems and a sound technical knowledge coupled with strong communication skills will get you noticed in this field and you’ll gain all those skills as an Ashland University MIS student,” Walia said.

Management Information Systems technology related jobs represent five of the top 25 identified growing occupations. In fact, The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that network systems and data communication analysts will be one of the top occupations in the U.S. in the coming years.

Those interested in learning more about the Management Information Systems program at AU can go to the AU website at or call 419.289.5649.