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The topic of this panel is “Teaching and Research Directions for Business and MIS Programs”. Higher education in the US is transforming and evolving rapidly. Declining state budget for public schools means that tuition fees may have to be correspondingly increase. The state funding is down by around 40% compared to fiscal 1980. In fact, it is headed for zero! The cost of higher education has surged more than 500% since 1985. Rising costs of higher education means Americans owe nearly $1.3 trillion in student loan debt. The average class of 2016 graduate has about $37k in student loan debt, up six percent from 2015. At the same time, artificial intelligence, robotics, and automation are decimating middle class jobs. Higher education may be facing a perfect storm! In this panel, we focus on the business and MIS programs. In particular, we look at the teaching and research directions for academics and doctoral students.


Presented at the Midwest Association for Information (MWAIS) annual 2017 conference.