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UNO’s new IT Innovation degree launches promotional video

Omaha November 15, 2009 by Danny Schreiber


In August, I wrote a short post about UNO's new degree, the IT Innovation degree, which was going to allow students combine an IT degree with another, customized field of study.

According to UNO’s press release, students have expressed interest in focusing their IT coursework with application to another field of their interest. To complete the degree, students will not only have to meet a certain amount of credit hours, but during the capstone course, they’ll be required to develop an IT product or service, document its technical and market feasibility, and create a prototype.

Additionally, students will attend workshops, conferences and seminars about entrepreneurship on campus and in the community. Each student will also be assigned a mentor in the business community.

Read the full post

Although I don't have an update to share with you today, I recently recieved the promotional video that was made for the program by Rick Knudtson, a UNO student. I plan to speak with the program's director, Dr. Jerry Wagner, at semester's end to hear how the first semester went.

Enjoy the video -- Rick did an excellent job.

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Way to UNO. I like that colleges are starting to get their "liberal arts" hat on, and providing a degree that actually thinks like the real world. You have to be able to think about other areas of study, beyond just what your specialty is. Omaha is making some noise, and things like this just make the volume louder...

Nov 17, 2009 at 04:49 AM

I agree, this is a great opportunity for students like myself to get ahead when creating a business. I'm actually looking into switching from MIS to this and customizing my own curriculum.

Nov 17, 2009 at 10:03 AM

John and Sean -- When I speak with Dr. Wagner at the end of the semester to receive an update, I'll make sure to mention these comments. Very nice!

Nov 17, 2009 at 04:53 PM
Kitten Cutrera

I am ecstatic about this degree! I plan to pursue it at UNO as well as use it to double major in both it and International Studies while combining them in my capstone year/project. At first I was skeptical, but after learning more and more about it I grew very excited. Programming and East Asian studies, my two favorite things, combined. What more could a I want? I can't wait.

Dec 8, 2009 at 11:19 AM

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