“The purpose of our project was that validate the pains of high school students when applying to college, and then develop a solution. The team hosted focus groups, completed market research (benchmarking), and conducted interviews to draft a business proposal. We identified understanding the “standards” of the application process and stress as the main pain points of our customers and have developed a prototype that we hope to continue testing. We have completed proofing our survey and algorithms and have drastically simplified the original sequences after receiving customer feedback. Moving forward, we are looking to test our prototype in actual schools.”
Check out their Capstone poster here!: Nav Next Steps Poster
Grace Wang, BBA, 2021
Jessica Vinagolu-Brar, Pyschology 2021
Being First: A Podcast for Bridging the First-Gen Gap
“The Being First podcast lifts the voice of first generation college students while shedding light on the issues that these students face through dialogue about social capital and how to acquire it, candid conversations about the first-gen experience, and challenging the first-gen landscape of the university. Through recording sessions with stakeholders and students in this community, we’ve found that the thread that runs through every first is resilience and grit necessary to level the post-secondary playing field.”
Check out their Capstone poster here!: Being First Capstone Poster
Lance Bitner-Laird, Sociology, May 2019
Carlos Henderson, Sociology, May 2019
The Right to Success Program
The Right To Success program took place on MLK Day (1/21). Our program focused on bringing marginalized students from the Grand Rapids area to the University of Michigan for a college visit. Our goal was to inspire and motivate students to pursue higher education and look into applying to U of M.
Students received informationals from the office of admissions and the office of financial aid and were able to see firsthand how attainable being accepted and paying for college can be. This was the first college visit many students had attended and we received very positive feedback from the participants and their chaperones. We look forward to hearing back from students in the coming months as they apply to colleges!
By: Alfredo Delarosa