College of Wooster Advising Tool

Advising Tool Team

Advising Project in Design Thinking

Team members: Aaron Brown, Paige McKean, Thanh Nguyen

Faculty advisors: Michelle Johnson (Communication) and Alison Schmidt (Education)

Project Description: The goal for the team was to use a design thinking model to provide information regarding how to improve the advising process at The College of Wooster so that students cultivate the Graduate Qualities. Following the design thinking model, the team conducted interviews with faculty, staff, and students to begin to identify common themes with the advising process. Themes from these interviews served as the basis for a survey that was sent to the entire College of Wooster student body. After reviewing data from the survey in conjunction with interview responses and personal reflection, the team identified the main challenges with the current advising process at Wooster and provided recommendations to overcome those challenges. Along with a final report detailing their process and conclusions, the team also compiled an annotated bibliography of sources relating to the design thinking process. The team’s work will be the basis for the future development of a new online advising tool.