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Western New England University Strategic Priorities Pitch

Our universities always ask the best from us, pushing us to our limits, to the edge of our mental and physical boundaries... I say it is our turn to ask the same from them! Projects 1 and 5 are of highest priority and will be implemented immediately, whereas Projects 2-4 and 6 are task that will be ongoing and will supplement the success of Projects 1 and 2. All projects would benefit the school, but will have a better success rate if each are focused on individually. Once one or two programs launch and are successful then the group can move on to the other projects.  Spring 2017

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UIF Pitch Video

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Priorities

UIF 2018

Project One: Manufacturing Guide

Design an easily accessible guide to the manufacturing resources available on campus. This guide will be physically in the engineering building and online. In the guide, the method for getting a part fabricated will be outlined. Many students do not know the process for getting a part approved and fabricated.

MILESTONE

PROJECTED DATE

Determine resources available

October 2018

Collaborate with lab supervisor

October 2018- November 2018

Create guide

December 2018

Develop web version

January 2019

Publicize guide

February 2019 - April 2019

Develop maintenance plan

April 2019 - May 2019

 

 Project Two: Innovation studio for all the student body

Design an innovation that is easily accessible to the student body. Currently there are two innovation labs, one is on the third floor of the engineering building and the other is on the third floor of the library. The innovation lab on the third floor of the library is unknown to many students. The innovation lab in the engineering building is open to engineering student when it is staffed. The engineering lab is rarely used for personal projects and innovation. The goal is to relocate the lab while consolidating the two labs.

MILESTONE

PROJECTED DATE

Meet with previous UIF

October 2018

Feasibility study

October 2018 – November 2018

Consult with faculty, investors, deans, and the provost

November 2018

Plan new lab

December 2018 – January 2019

Secure funding

January 2019

Gather a team

February 2019 – March 2019

 

Project Three: Breakout classes to teach technical skills

 Improve student success by helping students to learn technical skills. This will be accomplished by holding break out classes. These classes will teach students basic skills like soldering, circuit debug, wiring, word and excel skills, review on programming, along with other useful training on machinery. Other classes teach you what to do with the machines, but they don't always teach you how to do them. These workshops will help underclassmen develop important skills that will be useful for upcoming programs

MILESTONE

PROJECTED DATE

Brainstorm important skills

November 2018

Train a team

November 2018 – December 2018

Schedule workshops

January 2019

Publicize workshops

January 2019

Host kickoff workshop

February 2019 - March 2019

Develop maintenance plan

March 2019 - May 2019

 

Project Four: Innovation outreach

Develop a program to foster innovation in children at a young age. Innovation and creativity are most unconstrained during young ages. The program would help young students solidify their interests in STEM and innovation. The program would consist of college students travelling to local school and local schools coming to the college. The mix between the college students going to the local schools and the schools coming to the college provide the ability to use the resources on campus to help foster innovation.

MILESTONE

PROJECTED DATE

Consult with education department

December 2018

Propose program to local schools

January 2019

Revise proposal

February 2019

Gather a team

February 2019-March 2019

Schedule meetings

March 2019 - April 2019

Host first outreach

April 2019

Develop partnerships

April 2019 - May 2019


 

UIF 2017

Project 1: Creating workshops for students to gain the basic skills needed in engineering and business.

Description: In order for students to be successful, they need to develop the basic skills that will be useful in their careers at Western New England University and their future. This skills including wiring, soldering, word and excel skills, review on programming, along with other useful trainging on machinery. Classes teach you what to do with the machines, but they don't always teach you how to do them. These workshops will help underclassmen develop important skills that will be useful for up coming programs

MILESTONE

PROJECTED DATE

Develop a list of important tasks

February 2016

Fellows need to be trained in all of the task if they aren't already

February 2016

Set up times and dates for workshops

February 2016

Publicize Workshops

February - March 2016

First Workshop

March 2016

Review First Workshop and Change as needed

Late March-Early April 2016

Continue Workshops and finding out what other skills students what to learn outside of the classroom

April-May 2016

 

Project 2: Centralizing Innovation Lab

Description: Western New England University has two innovation labs, one is on the third floor of the engineering building and the other is on the third floor of the library. Most people do not know about the one in the library. The other innovation lab only the engineers use it when they are working on a project, they rarely use it to be creative or innovative. The goal is to relocate the lab and combine both aspects of the innovation labs in a centralized location. It would also be beneficial to have a makerspace cart in the new lab to make prototype


MILESTONE

PROJECTED DATE

Investigate the possibility of  creating a new innovation lab

September 2016

Investigate financial possibilities 

October 2016

Consult with faculty, investors, deans, and the provost

November 2016

Work on getting a Makerspace Cart

November 2016

Developing a plan for both the cart and new lab

December 2016

Grant/funding search (1 grant)

December 2016

Starting to get more people involved and excited about the new lab

January 2016

 

Project 3: Innovation Youth Exploration Series (iYES)

Description: From personal experience, early intervention in the STEM fields at a young age is key to promote innovation and entrepreneurship. Innovation Youth Exploration Series (iYES) will implement a monthly visit to local grade schools to spread the joys of innovation to young children.


MILESTONE

PROJECTED DATE

Consult with school education department (education majors)

January 2017

Create a proposal for innovation series at local schools

February 2017

Revise proposal with Ellery White

February 2017

Distribute proposal to Education department for revising

Create monthly goals/activities

March 2017

Coordinate with student engagement to integrate program into their system

April 2017

Find volunteers to help facilitate activities

April - May 2017

 

Project 4: Focusing on Students Internships

Description: Employeers look for experience when hiring an intern, but the only way to get industry experience is to get hired by a company. WNEU needs to focus on helping students with no experience get an internship. This can be done by reaching out to alumni and along with using faculty connections. 


MILESTONE

PROJECTED DATE

Communicate with faculty and career development 

March  2016

Draft proposal for internship program

April - May 2016

Revise draft with professors

May 2016

Reach out to Alumni and Professors with connections 

May- September 2016

Propose an idea for the process of the internship program 

October 2016

Trial of Internship program with participating students, faculty and alumni

December 2016 - February 2017

 

Project 5: Starting Western New England’s Center First Innovation Club

Description: Starting an Innovation Club would help successfully accomplish project 6 and make sure it is always growing. An innovation club would also create a bind between faculty and students excited about innovation. 


MILESTONE

PROJECTED DATE

Investigate how to create a club

February 2016

Investigate the members/entities needed to start the club along with finding a faculty advisor

February 2016

Begin networking and recruiting for the club

Febraury - March

First Meeting

March - April 2016

Brain storming and ideas for clubs

April 2016

First Project 

April - May 2016

 

Project 6: Facilitate more monthly innovation and entrepreneurship (I&E) activities

Description: The university is beginning to explore different avenues to have collaborated/interdisciplinary activities. One that exists is called the Innovation Challenges, which involve random challenges that are only revealed the day of the event. Using this base, other activities, such as Ignite presentations, think-a-thons, 3D start-up etc. will be explored to create more monthly activities.


MILESTONE

PROJECTED DATE

Evaluate strategic resources spreadsheet assignment while also talking to faculty

February - March 2016

Draft proposal of monthly I&E activities

March 2016

Revise proposal with UIF mentor

April  2016

Collaborate with key student organizations and faculty 

April 2016

Start planning events 

April 2016

Review the first session and make adjustments as necessary

May 2016




UIF 2016 Goals

Lack of Space

Currently, the space available is too crowded for the amount of students on campus. The space we are planning will be available to everyone on campus and have enough room. There will also be whiteboard and prototyping carts in the space to encourage creativity. Area will open up in our current Campus Center to build this innovation space.

Milestone  Projected Date
Create Presentation September 2016
Connect with Deans and professors from every school November 2016
Present to the Dean of Engineering November 2016
Present to Provost February 2017
Obtain approval from Provost and Board of Trustees February 2017
Finalize plans for the space March 2017
Create vonlunteer team March 2017
Build/Buy materials and furniture April 2017
Select speakers for future presentation May 2017
Area becomes available in the Campus Center October 2017
Build Innovation Space November 2017

Internships

We had the idea to use the existing Alumni Mentoring Program within the College of Engineering to help aid students trying to find internships. Bringing in alumni for events other than in fall of freshman year can allow students to maintain a connection with their mentor and possibly gain an internship. The connections can help ease the process and make obtaining an internship less daunting.

Milestone Projected Date
Meet with Alumni Association February 2017
Contact Engineering Dean's Office February 2017
Survey Organizations for contacts February 2017
Create Master List of Alumni March 2017
Send Invitation for Spring Alumni Dinner March 2017
Setup Mentoring Program and Establish Possible Pairings April 2017
Establish Engineering Job/ Internship Fair April 2017
Contact Master List for Fall Dinner September 2017
Hold Fall Dinner October 2017
Setup Mentoring Program and Establish Possible Pairings November 2017

I&E
Institute an I&E class in which students of any major can enroll in. Students will be sent out in the field to gather for information about a problem. Once they come back to the classroom setting, they will work together to solve the problem by creating a prototype.
Milestone Projected Date
Discuss with falculty, receive feedback February 2017
Use feedback to improve general idea February 2017
Create presentation March 2017
Present to falculty, receive more feedback End of March 2017
Finalize Idea, alter presentation April 2017
Contact Administration and Board of Trustees to plan meeting April 2017
Meeting with Administration and Board of Trustees  Early May 2017
Make needed improvements Summer 2017
Go back to Adminitration and Board of Trustees  End of September 2017
Select falculty November 2017
Obtain approval January 2018

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