Daniel Scofield ’17 – Each year the LABB program interns are assigned a consulting project to work on based on a request from the college. The problem that arose this year for the program was the Wabash Scheduler. It was put upon us to analyze and come up with recommendations on how to improve the current system and we absolutely had no restrictions. We were then divided up into three separate groups to see who was able to come up with the best plans on how to fix the scheduler problem. Once assigned to our groups, we held a community forum as well as meetings with individuals from various departments who actively use the scheduler. The forum as well as the meetings allowed us to gain valuable input and knowledge on the current issues with the scheduler. After we had enough data and understanding of the scheduler, it was time to put our critical thinking skills to the test and begin coming up with possible solutions.
We were told that cost was not an issue and this allowed the groups to explore all possible outcomes which varied from a simple remodeling of the current system to an extreme which was to introduce a third-party software. I was a member of the group that thought it was in the best interest for the college to move on with a third-party system. Since the software was far pricier than remodeling the current system, it was very important for us to convince the audience that the software was what the college needed to fix all of the current problems with the scheduler. The ease of use and time saved using the software would compensate for the higher price which is what we advocated.
After all of the research had been done and numerous practice presentations had been completed, it was finally time to stand up to give our recommendations. Some would say it could be a little intimidating presenting in front of the president, deans of the college, and many other high up officials of the college, but to myself I just saw it as a chance to explain my group’s ideas in order to help out the college. Since I believed in the product that I was presenting it made it very easy to try and sell it to the individuals in the audience that morning. It was a great honor being able to work on this consulting project because it showed the great amount of trust that the college held in us. It’s not very often that a college passes along a significant campus problem to a group of students and that is what makes this program so special. Not only do you learn the essentials of business through discussions and site visits, but you also have projects that you have the opportunity to see all the way through.