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IS History

Information systems (IS) at the UCLA Anderson School has a long and substantial history.  In this section, we document and revisit this history.   We are aided in this by an archive of Channel, a newsletter published 1974-1985.  To revisit the early history of IS (C & IS as it was then known) as an academic area please see the Channel archive.  Here are some extracted highlights.

Summer 1974     

Profs. Ephraim McLean and Kenneth Siler introduced the entire incoming MBA class to the capabilities of the APL programming language.

Spring 1976        

Prof. Clay Sprowls initiates a project to introduce students to the PSL/PSA system at GSM.

Fall 1976             

The newly formed C & IS Associates held their first meeting at the Kirkeby Center Restaurant in Westwood on Monday, October 23.

Winter 1979        

The C & IS Colloquium Series was inaugurated with Dr. Barry Boehm making the first presentation on January 11.

Fall 1979             

The 3rd MIS Career Night was held on October 10, with over 70 MIS executives discussing career opportunities with more than 120 GSM students.

Winter 1980        

The executive education program, "Managing the Information Resource," co-sponsored by C & IS and Nolan, Norton & Company, was launched, with 44 execs attending the opening session on January 20.

Summer 1980     

On Friday and Saturday, May 16 and 17, 34 MIS academicians and professionals met at GSM to plan the first Conference on Information Systems, to be held December 8-10 in Philadelphia.

While the IS Area dates back to the early 1970's, computing at UCLA and AGSM has earlier important roots, going back to the SWAC computer in the 1950s.  Prof. Clay Sprowls, a true pioneer in business school computing, provides a personal memoir.   See also Prof. Sprowls' recent obituary

IS Curriculum

With the closure of the IS Area in July 2013, we include in our history the curriculum retired from the School at that time.  Earlier versions of the curriculum, which underwent many changes over the years, are not presently available.

IS Colloquium Series

Founded in 1979, the long-running Information Systems Colloquium Series for many years featured bi-weekly research presentations from scholars around the world. The last presentation in the series was held in February 2009.   Please visit our IS Colloquium Archives for a complete history of speakers and presentations.