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Guide to PMI Academic Resources Contents 1 Four major trends driving the expansion of project management education globally 3 Resources for project management research 5 Resources for project management students 8 Resources for academic institutions starting to teach project management 10 Resources for academic institutions developing a project management concentration or degree program 12 Resources for strengthening a project management degree program through accreditation 16 Resources for developing a competitive continuing education project management program 20 Register to join the PMI Academic Network to access PMI academic resources GUIDE TO PMI ACADEMIC SUPPORT SERVICES Four major trends driving the expansion of project management education globally Project management is essential for organizational success Project management is the strategic competency that enables organizations to deliver expected benefits and value through effective planning, organization and risk mitigation. Organizations that value project management understand that the contributions of professional project managers increase project success rates, create efficiencies, improve alignment with organizational strategies and ultimately increase competitive advantage. Organizations such as IBM, Siemens, and NASA have consistently credited project management for their successes. Project management skills are critical to employers but lacking in the workforce Project management ranks as the third most in-demand skill, behind only leadership and business analysis, according to U.S. News & World Report. The Economist Intelligence Unit, part of The Economist group, surveyed 600 senior executives globally and found that 95 percent agreed that certain leadership skills were necessary for organizational success. Execution, adaptability, project risk identification and mitigation, communication, planning and team building are skills that comprise a project management skill set. Seventy-five percent of these executives also agreed that new employees lacked these critical skills. Demand for project managers is accelerating World Bank data show that investment in infrastructural projects globally has increased dramatically in the last years (investment is close to 20 percent of global GDP). This figure does not reflect additional trillions of dollars of private investments that are now handled on a project basis (e.g., new product development, plant refurbishment, etc.). 1 PROJECT MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE Graduates of project management programs find better paying jobs more easily Almost all schools involved in PMI’s recent qualitative study, focusing on the benefits of GAC accreditation,* report that students who completed project management programs find jobs more easily than other graduates. If they are already employed by the time they graduate, schools report that as many as 20 percent of graduates receive salary increases, whereas 10 percent get promoted. “Project management teaches generic business management skills that are transferrable across disciplines and activities.” William Wallace, PhD Senior Teaching Fellow, The University of Heriot-Watt’s Edinburgh Business School, Scotland *Full GAC Accreditation Advantage: Research Study Report can be downloaded from www.GACPM.org 2 GUIDE TO PMI ACADEMIC SUPPORT SERVICES Resources for project management research PMI provides opportunities to obtain research funding, publish your papers or monographs, present at and attend research and education events and order free desk copies of PMI published book titles on PMI.org. PMI can support your research through: Research funding • Each year PMI supports research projects from around the globe that advance the project management body of knowledge and/or its application. PMI encourages proposals for research involving multi-disciplinary teams of scholars or teams consisting of scholars and practitioners. • PMI has been directly involved in the release of more than 300 academic publications and has invested more than US$18 million in research. • The call for research proposals opens annually on 1 February and closes on 25 April. Publication of your work • PMI welcomes manuscript submissions from faculty members who have authored project management titles. • You may also wish to submit your paper for publication in the peer-reviewed Project Management Journal ®. A leading academic publication of the profession, Project Management Journal ® is published in partnership with John Wiley & Sons. The Journal publishes research relevant to academics, reflective practitioners and organizations in project, program and portfolio management. Free desk copies of PMI published books • Order free desk copies of PMI published monographs and standards from PMI. These copies are available for faculty members considering using them in their courses. PMI research and education events • The PMI® Research and Education Conference is a biennial international project management research and education event held in even-numbered years. Features plenary speakers, peer-reviewed papers, symposia, general and student posters and education tracks. Attracts faculty, students and senior practitioners of project management. 3 PROJECT MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE The call for papers, symposia and posters opens on 1 June and closes on 1 December of odd-numbered years. Conference registration opens in the spring of the conference year. Pre-conference workshops for students and faculty are usually offered. • PMI Research Open Working Sessions (ROWS) are pre-PMI- congress events featuring panel discussions of recent research findings on and applications of important and timely topics in project management. Past sessions featured such topics as “Sustainability in Project Management: The Future is Now.” • Research Track sessions at PMI congresses. Feature presentations that report research findings with a clear application to practice. The call for proposals opens on the Monday after the close of each congress and remains open for eight weeks. Participants for research projects • The PMI Survey Links Program provides an opportunity for qualified academic researchers to submit a survey for posting on PMI.org. This survey receives exposure to thousands of project management practitioners and you, as a result, get hundreds of responses from practitioners interested in the topic. PMI members can access the following additional resources: Subscription to Project Management Journal.® Full access to all PMI published research monographs, articles and standards. Enrollment in the PMI communities of practice, online communities dedicated to over 30 areas of interest. These knowledgeable and experienced professionals can help you assess your course content and evaluate its alignment with global project management standards. Access to hundreds of PMI chapters. Access to the the PMI Virtual Library, with a reference librarian to assist you. Subscription to PM Network®, a monthly trade publication, published by PMI (print and/or online versions). 4 GUIDE TO PMI ACADEMIC SUPPORT SERVICES Resources for project management students Students see immediate benefits when they access PMI resources and interact with professionals whose practice is consistent with international standards and supported by a community of practitioners and industry partners. PMI membership for project management students PMI student members enjoy the following advantages: • Networking, mentoring and internship opportunities through PMI’s global online communities or local chapters around the world • Academic resources and support, including online access to hundreds of books from some of the world’s top business publishers • Career resources, including access to the world’s premiere online employment marketplace for PMI-certified project managers • Information on scholarships, grants and research opportunities • Digital copy of A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), the most widely utilized global standard and best-selling project management book of all time. This book is likely to be a core text for introductory- level project management courses at academic institutions. The book is available in 11 languages. PMI membership for individual students Individual students can become PMI members at a special rate of US$32 a year (plus a US$10 application fee for new members; a savings of US $97 compared to PMI’s regular member rate of US$129). PMI membership for entire classes of students The PMI Group Student Membership program is designed to make it easy for academic institutions teaching project management to purchase memberships for entire classes of students enrolled in project management courses at one time. As a result, for less than the cost of one used textbook, each student can get all the educational, financial and professional benefits of PMI membership. 5 PROJECT MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE To learn how to enroll classes of students as PMI members, visit PMI.org/AcademicNetworkStudents Scholarships, awards and doctoral research grants to project management students offered by the PMI Educational Foundation (PMIEF): Scholarships are available for students in project management and related fields enrolled in bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral-level programs. Awards recognize excellence in student development of original concepts in project management. Papers are selected based on the research and creative effort that are best directed toward advancing the concepts, tools and techniques of managing project- oriented tasks. Doctoral research grants are awarded to students attending accredited colleges or universities. Both part-time and full-time doctoral students are encouraged to apply. Grants are given twice a year. Proposed research must advance academic knowledge and have implications for practice. PMI certification combined with PMI student membership (Smart Start student package) Students taking a project management fundamentals course can sit for the Certified Association in Project Management (CAPM)® certification exam at the end of the course. Students join PMI and apply for the certification in one easy step once a faculty member implements this program at an academic institution. PMI certification validates their knowledge, while PMI membership provides them with the book they need to study for the CAPM exam and offers unprecedented networking and job search opportunities available through the PMI chapters and online communities of practice. 9 PMI provides all of the materials faculty need to implement the program at their institutions. 9 When enrolled in the program, faculty get a communication kit that helps explain the benefits of participation to students. Learn more about implementing the Smart Start program at your institution at PMI.org/SmartStartPM Student engagement opportunities through PMI events and PMI sponsored programs for students 6 GUIDE TO PMI ACADEMIC SUPPORT SERVICES 9 Connect with local PMI chapters to learn about student events and programs where your students can meet professionals and network, obtain mentors and gain more knowledge. 9 Encourage your students to participate in Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), an organization that provides opportunities for students to get engaged in local projects advancing their communities. PMI is a SIFE sponsor. Many PMI chapters support local SIFE university teams by providing training and mentoring to SIFE students. 9 Participate in student competitions organized by PMI chapters. Student teams compete in creating a project management plan for a socially conscious business. To compete, students must follow a schedule and make presentations to judges who are local business and political leaders and chapter experts. 7 PROJECT MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE Resources for academic institutions starting to teach project management How do you develop a project management course that meets the real- world needs and incorporates the lessons learned from your peers? Course development aids Receive access to project management course syllabi related to your discipline, which have been developed and tested by schools with established project management programs. Free samples of classroom resources You can request free desk copies of PMI standards and research monographs published by PMI. These copies are available to faculty members considering using these books for their courses. We connect you to other instructors teaching similar courses When you connect with instructors, you get the inside perspective on best practices and lessons learned in developing project management courses. You get a better understanding of where in your school your project management offering may fit best. Access to local PMI chapter leaders who may serve as lecturers or adjunct faculty and help you develop curricula Enrich your students’ experience and add a new dimension to your course by involving seasoned PMI practitioners as lecturers or adjunct faculty. PMI has over 270 geographically based organizations of project managers. Opportunity to connect with PMI Registered Education Providers (R.E.P.s) that will collaborate with you on developing your project management curriculum • Over 100 PMI R.E.P.s in our directory of organizations are willing to collaborate with academic institutions. They may license their curricula, provide subject matter experts or supply adjunct faculty to teach your project management courses. Materials that provide rationale for teaching project management • PMI has a variety of white papers, case studies, articles and presentations that will help you convince your program head that teaching project management will benefit your program’s bottom line. 8 GUIDE TO PMI ACADEMIC SUPPORT SERVICES “There are many project management models that achieve different levels of depth and breadth. It can be very valuable to explore what’s out there as you create your own offering.” Vijay Kanabar, PhD, PMP Global Project Management Academic Coordinator, Boston University, USA “We have very good experience using teachers from both engineering and business school backgrounds, as well as practitioners. We see that, to a large extent, it’s project management that serves as a glue connecting engineering classes to more managerial classes.” Nils Olsson, PhD Professor, Department of Civil and Transport Engineering, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway “Get the project management community from the city or country involved to make sure students get practical expertise as well as academic expertise involved in the program.” Paul Steinfort, PhD Graduate, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia “The key elements of a program must concentrate on the topic and its relation with the real needs of the practitioners.” Nolan Quiros, PhD Vice President of Academics, University of International Cooperation, Costa Rica 9 PROJECT MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE Resources for academic institutions developing a project management concentration or degree program Why should we consider creating a project management program? Around the globe, enrollment continues to grow in project management programs, bringing in millions of dollars in student tuition, expanded faculty positions and research and learning opportunities to hundreds of academic institutions. Offering a project management program is a sure step toward capitalizing on demand for leaders with robust project management skills—communication, leadership, adaptability, risk mitigation, planning and others. What types of project management degree programs currently exist? The profile of the PMI Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC) is a good indicator of the diversity of project management program specialties. GAC accredits degree programs in project management. As of early 2012, GAC has accredited 86 degree programs, most of which are offered at the master’s and doctoral levels. The disciplines where these programs usually reside include management, construction and engineering (please see the graphics on the next page). PMI resources for developing project management degrees and concentrations Access to other institutions with project management programs at their institutions PMI will connect you with peers who have created programs at other institutions and have agreed to provide mentorship for program development. Learning outcomes for project management education programs The GAC Accreditation Standards located in the Handbook of Accreditation of Degree Programs in Project Management provide guidance on criteria for a robust project management concentration or degree program. Program development aids academic institutions have shared These program descriptions will enable you to learn from schools that have created and implemented successful project management programs and assess your new program once developed, against other institutions’ best practices. 10 GUIDE TO PMI ACADEMIC SUPPORT SERVICES Communication tools to help champion the idea of establishing a project management program at your institution and making it a reality These tools include white papers and case studies that articulate the strong case for creating a project management program at an academic institution. Bachelor’s and post-graduate degrees accredited by the PMI Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC) 84% Master’s Degree Bachelor’s Degree Programs 10% Programs Doctorate Degree 6% Programs GAC-accredited programs by discipline Computer Science Telecommunications 1.2% 1.2% General Construction Supply Chain 4.8% 1.2% General Engineering 5.9% General Management Civil Engineering 26.2% 11.9% Information General Project Technology/ Management Information 23.8% Systems 23.8% 11 PROJECT MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE Resources for strengthening a project management degree program through accreditation You may approach the task of building a strong and competitive project management program in many different ways. One of the most effective routes for improving and differentiating your program from other offerings in the field is to make a commitment to accreditation by the PMI Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC). GAC-accredited programs realize important benefits. A recent study conducted by SIS International Research and commissioned by PMI, found that the key accreditation benefits included the following: Enhance program quality GAC accreditation establishes a methodology and framework by which a school maintains and improves the quality of its program. Grow your faculty GAC-accredited programs involved in the accreditation research study mentioned above report a steady growth in their number of full-time and adjunct faculty. Boost student enrollment GAC-accredited programs report consistent student enrollment increases. Provide a valuable marketing advantage Recognition by the global accrediting body affiliated with the world’s most prominent project management association demonstrates that GAC-accredited programs reflect the latest developments in the project management profession. Additionally, once accredited, GAC-accredited programs are posted to a Directory of GAC-Accredited Programs on the GACPM.org website. This directory is a key resource for students seeking project management degree programs. GAC programs also receive access to PMI’s marketing portal, which offers them marketing materials that can be downloaded and customized for their use. Enhance employment opportunities for graduates Faculty and administrators from the GAC-accredited programs note that attaining specialized accreditation gives them an edge over programs that have not achieved this recognition from the GAC. GAC accreditation of a degree program makes their students more marketable and gives employers paying for their staff’s professional education additional confidence in the quality and rigor of the educational program their employees are enrolled in. 12 GUIDE TO PMI ACADEMIC SUPPORT SERVICES Provide tangible benefits for program graduates and working professionals Graduates of GAC-accredited programs are more marketable, because they have the knowledge and skills that are needed in the workplace. Most employers prefer to hire job applicants from a college or university with the appropriate accreditation status. Additionally, employers seek employees who have been educated at an appropriately accredited institution when making decisions about business promotions and company advancements. “[Our six new positions] are faculty we wouldn’t have been able to hire if we hadn’t invested in the program.” Jay Halfond, PhD Dean, Boston University’s Metropolitan College, USA “[Accreditation] is a great way for the program to be recognized by potential students worldwide. Right now, over one third of my graduate students are from outside the U.S.” William Moylan, PhD, PMP, FESD Coordinator, Master of Science in Construction Management Program, Eastern Michigan University, USA “Accreditation for specialized programs is the hallmark that says you’ve established and met a certain degree of credibility. It’s a high standard and a standard of excellence.” John Cable, R.A., PMP Director, Project Management Program, University of Maryland, USA “Daily requests for program information are coming from more global sources across the world. Since the university has spent zero dollars on marketing this program other than through PMI channels, all of this activity almost certainly would not have happened without GAC accreditation.” Gary L. Richardson, PhD Program Coordinator, Technology Project Management Graduate Program, University of Houston, USA “ESC Lille has given me a fantastic learning platform… As the PMI GAC accreditation is widely recognized, it has opened up opportunities in teaching, research and consulting for me.” Ravikiran Dwivedula, PhD Graduate, Strategy, Program, and Project Management, ESC Lille School of Management, France (presently SKEMA Business School) “Since I joined the [UT-Dallas] program, I have received two promotions at work. These career opportunities were directly the results of the changes in my vocabulary and the tools I had in my pocket.” Richard Stockton, MBA Graduate, Project Management Program, School of Management, University of Texas at Dallas, USA 13 PROJECT MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE THE PMI GLOBAL ACCREDITATION CENTER FOR PROJECT MANAGEMENT EDUCATION PROGRAMS (GAC) “Accreditation is a global trend within business and engineering schools, so having accreditation in the area of project management is extremely relevant. Having project management programs assessed by a third party provides a strong signal to students, employees, quality agencies and other stakeholders about the robustness and seriousness of what is done.” Christophe Bredillet, PhD Director, Project Management Academy, Science and Engineering Faculty and QUT Business School, Queensland University of Technology, Australia “Those of us who are [GAC] accredited are willing to share our experience…Our colleagues can draw upon the accredited institutions for a network of support and information.” John Cable, R.A., PMP Director, Project Management Program University of Maryland, USA Snapshot: The PMI Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC) -Global accrediting authority for project management education programs -Over 85 accredited project management degree programs around the world -Ensures global quality of undergraduate and graduate academic degree programs in project management -Assists faculty and universities in the improvement of project management degree programs 14 GUIDE TO PMI ACADEMIC SUPPORT SERVICES How can I learn more about the benefits of GAC Accreditation? Visit www.GACPM.org to: • Download the GAC Accreditation Advantage: Research Study Report • Download the Handbook of Accreditation of Degree Programs in Project Management. The handbook provides the full descriptions of the GAC accreditation standards and the process briefly described above. • Register to receive GAC informational alerts that notify you of the updates to the GAC accreditation standard, new accredited programs, upcoming GAC events and downloads of case studies that discuss the benefits schools with accredited programs have derived from accreditation. • Learn when and where the next GAC accreditation seminar/academic forum will be and where you can meet representatives from other programs going through the accreditation process, accredited programs and GAC Board members.These sessions are offered at no charge to you and are held throughout the year. They are designed to help you better understand the process and receive tips on preparing the self-evaluation report. 15 PROJECT MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE Resources for developing a competitive continuing education project management program PMI offers a program that enables you to stand out from the swelling competition of continuing education programs in project management and grow your business. More than 250 academic institutions around the world have found that becoming a PMI Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.) is an efficient way to market their continuing professional education offerings. When you align your institution with PMI, you gain additional credibility and open your institution up to new practitioner markets, whether you offer a single course, a certificate program or a series of professional development seminars. • Create an alternate revenue channel and grow your student body Gain priority access as an R.E.P. to a wide pool of potential students to increase your enrollment • Access new business development tools and faculty/ student resources provided by PMI Get listed in the PMI.org R.E.P. directory, searched by thousands of students. Receive up to a 45 percent discount on most PMI publications purchased through PMI’s online bookstore to resell to your students as classroom aids. Access PMI’s marketing portal, which offers you marketing materials that can be downloaded and customized for your use. • Take advantage of worldwide credibility and immediate recognition that come with the PMI brand Use the PMI R.E.P. logo on your website and marketing materials to give your program greater visibility in the project management world and beyond. • Become a part of a vibrant R.E.P. community: share knowledge and network • Receive pre-launch access to new and revised PMI standards, products and services Your relationship with PMI means you can keep your curriculum up-to-date with PMI’s newest standards, products and services. 16 GUIDE TO PMI ACADEMIC SUPPORT SERVICES “Aligning the curriculum with PMI…was the turning point for our growth…The PMI family has supported us in many ways, including helping us market the program.” Vijay Kanabar, PhD, PMP Global Project Management Academic Coordinator Boston University, USA “The benefit for us was the development of programs and core competencies that were better matched to the needs of industry, which ultimately improved SKEMA’s reputation as a school.” Christophe Bredillet, PhD Director, Project Management Academy, Science and Engineering Faculty and QUT Business School, Queensland University of Technology, Australia How can I learn more about the R.E.P. program’s benefits? Visit www.PMI.org/BecomeanREP to: • Download case studies showing how other academic institutions that belong to the PMI R.E.P. program have increased revenues and grown their programs • Download the program brochure and application 17 PROJECT MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE 64.1% North America 242,215 people with PMI memberships 5.9% Mexico, Latin America and the Caribbean 22,164 people with PMI memberships Region PMI Chapters North America 160 EMEA 51 Asia Pacific 29 Mexico, Latin America and 34 Caribbean TOTAL 274 All data as of January 2012 18 GUIDE TO PMI ACADEMIC SUPPORT SERVICES 14.1% EMEA 15.9 % 53,308 Asia Paciﬁc people with PMI memberships 59,902 people with PMI memberships 375,000 total number of people with PMI memberships in 185 countries Programs PMI R.E.P.s accredited by certifications GAC 256,603 760 55 63,099 349 14 148,856 310 15 22,643 125 2 490,000 1,544 86 19 PROJECT MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE Register to join the PMI Academic Network to access PMI academic resources To access all of the resources listed in this guide and get information about the new resources for educators, students and researchers that become available from PMI, the GAC or PMIEF, please register for the PMI Academic Network. This registration is offered at no charge to: • Full-time, part-time or adjunct faculty; • Program directors and academic administrators who teach, develop or manage; • Project management programs or courses; and • Faculty considering developing project management courses. Benefits of Network Participation: • Project management education news alerts and resources delivered to you via e-mail • PMI chapter resources (mentoring, networking) available to you and your students • PMI educator workshops and meetings you will be able to attend • Exclusive opportunities for your students: we work with you to determine how your students can benefit from PMI membership and certification programs • Access to a library of materials that illustrate the importance of teaching project management at academic institutions PMI.org/AcademicNetwork 20 GUIDE TO PMI ACADEMIC SUPPORT SERVICES About PMI PMI is the world’s largest project management member association, representing more than 600,000 practitioners in more than 185 countries. As a global thought leader and knowledge resource, PMI advances the profession through its global standards and credentials, collaborative chapters and virtual communities and academic research. PMI is the only project management organization that has a dedicated research arm. In the last decade, PMI has invested over US$18 million in project management research. PMI supports academic administrators and faculty with resources that help them teach and research project management. PMI also provides students with access to the resources, certifications and networking they need to get jobs and succeed as professionals after graduation. About the PMI Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC) Established by PMI in 2001, the GAC is a specialized body that accredits bachelor’s, postgraduate and doctorate programs in project management. Accreditation publicly confirms that a project management program meets comprehensive quality standards and can prepare students for success in project management careers. Currently, there are over 85 GAC-accredited programs worldwide. About the PMI Educational Foundation The PMI Educational Foundation (PMIEF) was founded in 1990 by PMI. It is a non-profit, non- political, public charitable organization. The PMI Educational Foundation has adopted the slogan “Empowering the future of project management” to demonstrate its commitment to advancing project management knowledge and the application of project management concepts and theory by society. 21 14 Campus Blvd Newtown Square, PA 19073 Good things happen when you get involved with PMI.
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