SOM Marks Third Year as CIO University Partner

Posted: September 26, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Sarah McGurk

For the third year in a row, the School of Management (SOM) has been named one of four academic partners with Chief Information Officer University (CIOU), a virtual consortium created to educate the federal government’s top-level information technology executives. Last month, George Mason hosted the annual meeting with fellow academic partners Carnegie-Mellon University, George Washington University, and the University of Maryland-University College, as well as the General Services Administration (GSA), which administers the certification process for the Federal CIO Council.

With a focus on increasing enrollment, business at the meeting included revoking the rule that only government employees at a GS-14 or GS-15 level could participate, and incorporating material on the federal procurement process into the 18-month program. The schools also discussed updating program material and expanding the academic team to include two more partners.

Members of CIOU at last month’s meeting. In the past three years, CIOU has granted certificates to 14 graduates from George Mason’s program.

The certificate is required for employees seeking eligibility to become CIOs in the government. Within the next two years, 29 participants are expected to receive certification.

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