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Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) has very recently been developing its identity as a site of innovation and entrepreneurship. Ideas have been in place for a while among students and faculty and now over the last semester, plans have started to take shape. The most recent ideas to action have come through interdisciplinary ideations and collaboration through The Brain Trust at IUPUI, the recent UIF chapter of IUPUI, the newly formed Innovation Student Union, and many other student organizations focused on innovative change at IUPUI.

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Spring 2016

Spring 2017

Strategy #1 Develop a unified voice for the Innovation and Entrepreneurship (I&E) movement

In addition to the participating of the UI Fellows, there are many conversations about the importance of I&E on campus and in the student experience. 

  • Participate in design research to develop a unified campus definition of what I&E means to us
  • Identify opportunity spaces where solutions can be implemented to improve the student experience of I&E on campus
  • Develop solutions that will create a desirable student experience
  • Implement solutions

Strategy #2 Promote Innovation and Entrepreneurship to the general student body.

Students at IUPUI are still largely unaware of the vision for IUPUI to become an innovation hub. Because of its proximity to so many businesses and large corporations, IUPUI has an amazing physical proximity to natural resources of Entrepreneurship as well as access to some crucially helpful individuals. However, there is no direct flow of knowledge or outstanding awareness of these resources; they are all hidden in the depths of the schools' websites and commonly unknown to the student body. 

  • Collect resource information and keep it organized.
  • Make connections with the faculty who are in charge of and aware of the opportunities inside and outside of IUPUI.
  • Meet with the influential individuals of IUPUI and the surrounding community to expand information.
  • Promote a plan for distributing information to students through workshops, lectures, etc. 
  • Create a widespread ideation platform with an easy-to-use software or game-like appearance.

Strategy #3 Bring awareness to innovation spaces at IUPUI.

Students at IUPUI are still largely unaware of the future plans for the campus, but one of the pending goals is to create and utilize more maker spaces. These spaces are for student creativity and collaboration to come to life and to provide the necessary equipment for ideas to happen.

  • Receive training through UIF to establish a complete goal for the future space.
  • Stay in contact with faculty who are already interested in helping to create this space.
  • Continue to reach out to more individuals who would be interested in a maker-space. 

Currently, IUPUI has a variety of maker-spaces located within schools and departments.  The current goal (as of Spring 2018) of the students is to include these spaces in our efforts to unify the I & E landscape across campus.

FALL 2018

Strategy 1- Monthly Workshops

Students at IUPUI have skewed ideas on what innovation and entrepreneurship entail as a whole. Holding monthly workshops to help explain innovation and design thinking would bridge the gap between schools while also educating other students about innovation, entrepreneurship, and design thinking. These workshops would be held in the newly established IDEA Garden, a space for innovation and design thinking, which aligns with the previous cohort’s goal of bringing awareness to innovation spaces at IUPUI.

  • Gain access to the IDEA Garden monthly.
  • Draw in interested students/Create student interest.
  • Create a plan for workshops.

Strategy 2- Innovation Sprint

Currently at IUPUI, there is no event specifically for innovation/design thinking ideations. With the goals of creating a culture of innovation on campus and bridging the gap between schools, we have helped plan an IDEA Sprint event with a previous cohort. This prototype will launch in November full force and full scale.

  • Market the event/Create student interest.
  • Plan the logistics of the event
  • Create the event plan

Strategy 3- Engineering Innovations

Certain engineering students in their freshman and sophomore years are still dubious about how their knowledge from the courses they attend here at IUPUI applies in practical and industrial scenarios. These “case studies” can pave the way for aspiring students to gain connections with their innovative side.

  • Bringing in alumni or innovators with engineering backgrounds can help students get clarity on how they are supposed to apply their skills in the field.
  • Seminars/workshops/meetings could be held monthly to connect students to give an insight into the requirements of the field.

Strategy 4 - Individualized Academic Planning (Peer Academic Advising)

This issue applies to almost any major on campus where students have to wait a lot to get hold of their academic advisors to determine their ideal degree map. Also because of the limited appointment time, students don’t get to know a lot of options or career paths and just have to stick what their advisor suggests.

One way to solve this issue is having peers of higher class standings (eg: Juniors or Seniors), act as academic advisors for students in their initial college years.

This would definitely be beneficial as students will be able to know more options and also know the different pathways (or reasons for the pathways) chosen by their senior students. It also reduces wait time and students can get their classes scheduled on time.

Initial strategies:

  • Finding incentives for students to become peer academic advisors (hourly pay, scholarship, extra credit, required class assignment, etc).
  • Determining the type of interface between peer academic advisors and students getting advised (Eg: Workshop, One-on-one, database creation of different paths, etc).
  • Work with stakeholders (Existing academic advisors or academic advising centres) to implement the initiative.  

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