Date: Nov. 22, 2011
Contact: Carol Connelly, Director,
Media & Communication Services, ext. 5267, email@example.com
PNC Faculty Member Earns Campus Compact Grant
Dr. Carin Chuang
– Dr. Carin Chuang, Purdue University North Central assistant professor of Computer & Information Technology, has earned an Indiana Campus Compact Scholarship of Engagement Grant for the Spring 2012 semester. The grant will allow Chuang and the students in her Systems Analysis and Design Methods class to partner with the Westville Area Chamber of Commerce (WACC) to develop a new information system housed in a Microsoft Access database.
During this project, the students will take on the role of system analyst and will work through the five phases of system development life cycle (SDLC) - planning, analysis, design, implementation and maintenance as they help the WACC staff determine their requirements for the new information system.
In addition, students will study the needs of the Chamber office in help determine how people, methods and information technology can best be combined to improve the WACC business functions.
Chuang will be the principle investigator of the proposal and will act as a project manager. She will manage and monitor the project and help lead the students through the process. The primary deliverables of the service learning project will be the specific system development documents from each phase and the completed information system.
She explained that this project promotes student learning and provides students the opportunity to understand community issues and improves their confidence in their information technology career path, while helping to meets the needs of the Chamber office.
The Scholarship of Engagement Grant focuses on integrating service learning into new or existing courses or community based research, or provides professional service that engages faculty, students and community organizations in reciprocal community-campus partnerships. Through this and other programs, Indiana Campus Compact serves as a catalyst for campuses and communities to improve people's lives through service-learning and civic engagement initiatives. Indiana Campus Compact is a network of 42 college campuses. It serves to support higher education's efforts to develop students into well-informed, engaged citizens.