Course Title

Business in Action, Spring 2021

Collaboration Overview

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.

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Program & Course Info

SchoolNorthern Illinois University (NIU)
CourseBusiness in Action, Spring 2021
Graduate / UndergraduateUndergraduate
Students Enrolled68
Student Time Commitment4-7 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

Collaboration Requirements

Requested Industries
Non-Profit, Real Estate, Retail
Requested Company Size
  • Medium Business
  • Large Enterprise
Duration13 weeks (02/08/2021 - 04/16/2021)
  • Fully Remote (located anywhere)
Company Time Commitment2 Hours per week of mentoring, answering key questions, and providing access to helpful resources
Project Count4

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.

Topics of Interest

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Customer Service

New Business Opportunity Assessment
New Product/Service Development
Customer Discovery/Interviewing

Data Management

Data Scrubbing & Reorganization
Data Synthesis & Visualization
KPI Design Visualization


Branding Strategy/Redesign
Social Media Optimization
User/Customer Acquisition Strategy Development & Testing


Process Design Review
Scalability Assessment
Inter-Departmental Efficiency Assessment

Reporting, Financial Planning & Analysis

Growth Analysis
Valuations Assessment
Financial Performance Analysis​

Talent Management

Talent Competency Mapping
Training & Development Curriculum Design
Talent Satisfaction Assessments

School Supervisors


Jason Gorham

[email protected]