Capstone FAQ

Is there a cost to my organization?

No, there is no fee associated with your participation.

What is the time and resource commitment from our organization?
In late January/early February, organizations can expect from each team a site visit; 6-8 interviews with leadership team members, staff, and Board members; and new information requests. April will include time to get feedback on preliminary recommendations and additional information requests to build out detailed designs. Critical commitments for the organization include the following activities with 5-6 attendees from the leadership team, Board members, and/or staff:

  • Participation in Community Organization Day to meet the teams ( ~ 2 hours)
  • Attending the student teams' final presentations

We ask that you dedicate a member of your organization on a part-time basis during the spring semester to serve as a liaison for student teams and professors, to respond to questions, support data requests, and coordinate visits/interviews. Active senior leadership support is critical for the success of the project.

During the fall of 2015, prior to the 2016 spring semester, your organization will be asked to support the professors in developing the initial case by reviewing drafts of the case (written by the professors) and gathering data or other internal information.

Are the course and this opportunity only offered during the spring?
Currently, yes.

How many teams will be working on our case?
Typically 2-3 teams work on a case, providing you with multiple perspectives.

What materials will my organization receive after the course?

You will receive copies of each team’s strategic analysis and recommendation, and detailed designs and plans, final presentation, and a 1 – 2 page comprehensive executive summary of their work after the final presentations in late April/May.

Will our confidential business information be protected?

Yes, maintaining confidentiality of your proprietary business information is an important aspect of our work with your organization during the Capstone project. Non-disclosure statements are available for the student teams to sign, as requested.