What is the Academic Advocate program?
The Academic Advocate program offers complimentary ISACA membership (applicable local chapter dues may be required) and access to educational materials to help you prepare your students for the challenges of a career in the IS audit/assurance, security/cybersecurity, IT governance and risk professions.
Who should be an Academic Advocate?
Professors and instructors in educational institutions offering degree courses in the following areas:
- Audit/Accounting/Information Systems
- Information Security/Cybersecurity
- Enterprise Governance of IT/MIS
- IT Risk Management
- Executive/Masters programs in Business, Finance and/or Computer Science
What is the role of an Academic Advocate?
- Raising student awareness of ISACA, the value of ISACA student membership and the professional opportunities available in the fields of IS audit/assurance, security/cybersecurity, IT governance and risk professions
- Collaborating with the local ISACA chapter to consider starting an ISACA Student Group on campus, and to encourage student participation in appropriate chapter activities
- Explaining the ISACA certification and certificate programs, the future career value of pursuing the CISA, CISM, CGEIT and CRISC certifications and the Cybersecurity Fundamentals certificate
- Using ISACA educational materials in the classroom, introducing COBIT and its concepts
- Working toward integrating the ISACA Model Curricula (Assurance and Security) and their concepts within the college/university
- Introducing the bimonthly ISACA Journal to the university library as the type of professional journal the library should consider carrying
- Providing ISACA feedback on its products, namely COBIT, the ISACA Model Curricula and ISACA-developed educational materials
What are the benefits of Academic Advocate Membership?
In return for building relationships between the university, students, ISACA and its local chapters, Academic Advocates:
- Receive complimentary ISACA membership (US $135 value – applicable local chapter dues may be required)
- May submit research surveys for evaluation, and upon approval, posting to the ISACA web site
- Access a variety of educational materials online, such as student booklets and case studies with answers and solutions (teaching notes)
- Network globally with professionals and academics in a wide range of disciplines
- Leverage ISACA’s online Knowledge Center and a dedicated discussion area for Academic Advocates
- Interact directly with the professional community of the local chapter (if applicable) to obtain classroom speakers on relevant topics, and provide students with career counseling, mentoring, professional networking – even internships and career opportunities
Academic Advocates also receive all the professional member benefits such as:
- Access to ISACA’s eLibrary, with more than 525 titles
- Discounts for conferences, certification exams, and publications from the ISACA Bookstore
- A subscription to the bi-monthly ISACA Journal, also available in digital and mobile app formats, which includes an “IS Audit Basics” column suitable for classroom use.
To apply for Academic Advocate membership, email firstname.lastname@example.org or download the application at the top of the page.