The Innovo Scholars Consulting Program teaches students how to solve complex problems and manage the dynamics of client-focused engagements. In addition to completing a comprehensive consulting project, students receive professional one-on-one coaching from practicing project managers and management consultants, with an emphasis on developing the skills required to succeed in professional careers.
Using the FEARLESS consulting framework, Innovo Scholars gain practical experience with:
Critical thinking and problem solving
Leadership and collaboration
Ability to deal with ambiguity
The program currently has two practicums: transforming Smith School courses and programs and innovating university business processes.
INNOVO: SMITH INNOVATION
In the Innovo: Smith Innovation practicum, students partner with Smith School stakeholders to identify strengths and opportunities of current courses and programs and apply best practices in learning and engagement to recommend improvements. In addition to data analysis and research, Innovos consider human capital, organizational, and technological resources to ensure the proposed solutions are feasible, with design thinking and agile development methods driving innovation.
Innovos typically work in small teams on their project and must enroll in BMGT 498L: Innovating the Higher Education Business Model. Consulting engagements are guided by the Smith School's Office of Transformational Learning. Past projects include individual course innovations in the undergraduate curriculum; program and office initiatives such as Smith Start, Smith Live Cases, and the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship; and school-wide issues like academic integrity, SUSA participation, and mandatory team projects.
The Innovo: Smith program is open to Smith School undergraduate majors and minors.
Students interested in Innovo: Smith Innovation may email ExL@rhsmith.umd.edu for more information.
INNOVO: UMD BUSINESS PROCESSES
In the Innovo: UMD Business Processes practicum, students partner with campus stakeholders to understand and map a business process that affects students, identify opportunities for process innovation, and recommend solutions. When proposing solutions, Innovos assess the potential application for software to augment the streamlined process.
Project teams are typically 5-9 students and students must enroll in BMGT 398L: Innovating University Business Processes. Consulting engagements are guided by the Office of University Process Innovation in the university's Division of Information Technology. Past projects include the processes by which students change their major, apply to study abroad, matriculate from community college into the University, and change personal identifiers in University databases.
The Innovo: UMD program is open to all non-Smith undergraduates at the University of Maryland.
Students interested in Innovo: UMD may email Megan Benefiel, Senior Project Manager, at email@example.com for more information.
Innovo Scholars in the News
- Smith Students Help University Implement Diversity Initiative, Dec. 20, 2017
- Innovo Consulting Scholars Present to UMD Cabinet, Dec. 16, 2016
- Students Help Shape Classroom Instruction, Smith Business Magazine, Spring 2016
- Smith School Shakes Up Higher Ed's Model, Smith News, February 2016
- Innovo Scholars Program Helps Transform Learning at Smith, Smith News, December 2015