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Partnerships that Make a Difference

Innovation in Practice Course

Making a Difference: MBA Innovation in Practice Course

Every first-year, full-time student in the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Masters of Business Administration program is required to complete a service-learning course in partnership with a local, non-profit organization. Students apply their problem-solving skills in tandem with these organizations to improve deployment of scarce resources. Teams of four to five MBA students are assigned to each nonprofit client, along with a faculty member. Each team presents a detailed final report at the end of the seven-week engagement. This program is an outgrowth of work that UT MBA students have been doing with local nonprofits since 2004, and involves two full-time faculty, five to eight part-time faculty, and approximately 70 students every year.

The Institute for Smart Structures

Making a Difference: Institute for Smart Structures

ISS is a research center focused on integrating architecture and emerging technologies. It offers research and development for the building sector and combines the areas of material science, engineering, and architecture to solve immediate problems as well as provide revolutionary concepts for new applications. Over the last decade, the Institute has overseen the construction of three net-zero prototype buildings for use as research and education tools.

Cathy Tyler (left), conducted a user-centered student assessment of internet access services with the Goshen, Virginia Branch of the Rockbridge Regional Library.
Service-Learning Capstone in Public Relations
College of Nursing: Community Health Fairs

The flagship campus of the University of Tennessee System and partner in the Tennessee Transfer Pathway.

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