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IT academics need to keep curriculum material up to date in an ever-changing technological universe. Establishing a new subject accounts for just a fraction of the overall investment in time and money. A greater proportion of expense occurs in the maintenance cycle. This is especially true in the IT discipline, where subject content is frequently modified to reflect both academic advances and current industry focus. One cost effective approach is to establish an industry alliance, and to include professional courseware in the curriculum. CSU has adopted this approach by offering programs in conjunction with a corporate partner, IT Masters Pty Ltd (http://www.itmasters.com.au), as well as with vendors such as Cisco and Microsoft. These programs contain both an academic and industry component. Upon completion of the program, graduates receive professional certification such as Microsoft’s MCSE or Cisco’s CCNA, as well as a Bachelor’s or Master’s level degree.