This past fall, The University of Southern Mississippi College of Business partnered with Hattiesburg Clinic on a developmental project to provide an audit of the clinic’s information systems.
Dr. Barry A. Cumbie, assistant professor in the Department of Management & International Business, led the project while doctoral candidate Biji Bajracharya acted as the principal testing agent. Cumbie points out that Bajracharya leveraged his expertise to conduct the project and delivered positive results to the clinic.
“This successful project is now a model to develop an ongoing and periodic service-learning class in which undergraduate students experience a real-world learning environment while working with the clinic,” said Cumbie. “As neighbors, Southern Miss and Hattiesburg Clinic continue to build partnerships to provide students with learning and career opportunities.”
Jerry Robinson, chief technology officer at Hattiesburg Clinic, said the collaboration more than satisfied the desired objectives.
“This particular initiative demonstrates the value of developing a mutually beneficial relationship with an outstanding educational facility such as USM,” said Robinson. “With the success of this venture, I am looking forward to many cooperative projects to come.”
Cumbie notes that a facility in the Midwest followed a similar model – that of a university providing an external audit.
“The purpose of including an external agency helps them gain a different perspective on things they may overlook,” he said. “I can say that we delivered a project report that exceeded their expectations and gave them actionable steps to improve their organizational practices.”