Northern Illinois University's Business in Action course provides students with an opportunity to add real value to a real organization through carefully designed student consulting projects that span across various topics and academic disciplines. Students will be split into teams of 4-5 so they can work to support each other throughout the project process. There are four different project scopes for the students to choose from and work on. Each section of Business in Action will have two teams working on each project scope.
Engagement Format: Live Case
Think "Hackathon" or Case Competition with a whole class of students! This learning format allows educators to deliver experiential learning to students at scale. Students are often split into groups to work on a live case (or a series of cases) from a real host company that directly relates to key learning objectives.
Timeline & Next Steps
February 1, 2021
Project Revealed! Students select preferred project
February 8, 2021
Project Launch! Keri, Project Champion from Habitat for Humanity, will web conference into class to launch the projects. Expect to dedicate 1-hour per section.
Flexible to move this to the following week if necessary.
March 22, 2021
Project Check-in! Keri, Project Champion from Habitat for Humanity, to web conference into class to launch the projects. Expect to dedicate 1-hour per section.
Flexible to move this to around. Ideally between second and third deliverable
April 12, 2021
Final Presentations: Keri, Project Champion from Habitat for Humanity to web conference (or visit) class to hear final presentations and provide feedback.
Project templates by topic that might inspire you…
New Business Opportunity Assessment
New Product/Service Development
Data Scrubbing & Reorganization
Data Synthesis & Visualization
KPI Design Visualization
Social Media Optimization
User/Customer Acquisition Strategy Development & Testing
Process Design Review
Inter-Departmental Efficiency Assessment
Reporting, Financial Planning & Analysis
Financial Performance Analysis
Talent Competency Mapping
Training & Development Curriculum Design
Talent Satisfaction Assessments
Academic Program Details
|School||Northern Illinois University (NIU)|
|Course||Business in Action, Spring 2021|
|Graduate / Undergraduate||Undergraduate|
|Student Time Commitment||4-7 Hours|
|Class Meeting Day & Time*||Jacie: Online, Mondays & Wednesday 3:30 - 4:45 PM CT | Jason: Hybrid, Tuesday & Thursday 2:00 - 3:15 PM CT|
*Note: Company, faculty, and students will finalize meeting and communication schedule after collaboration is finalized
Non-Profit, Real Estate, Retail
|Requested Company Size|
|Duration||13 weeks (02/08/2021 - 04/16/2021)|
|Company Time Commitment||2 Hours per week of mentoring, answering key questions, and providing access to helpful resources|