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Launch of the 2016 Deloitte Foundation Data Analytics Fellowship

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The Designing the Future(s) Initiative, in partnership with the Deloitte Foundation, kicked off the second year of the Deloitte Foundation Data Analytics Fellowship at Georgetown University this past Monday with the 2016 theme of Education and the Workforce.

The current context of higher education is characterized by rising tuition costs, a more diversified student population, and emerging data that connect post-baccalaureate engagement in the workplace and in civic life with high impact, formational experiences during students’ time at colleges and universities. As we examine ways to meet the demand for job skills development and personal formation while addressing the current economic and social context, this Fellowship is perfectly timed. The 2016 Fellowship was awarded to student-driven research projects with potential to influence the national conversation around the value of and innovation in higher education, the relationship between higher education and workforce success, and the relationship between higher education and lifelong formation.

Students from across the university applied to participate in the 2016 Deloitte Core Consulting Series workshops. Selected students then engaged in a two-day training and simulated case study around higher education and the workforce. After completing the Consulting Series workshops, students submitted a research plan and applied for the Fellowship which will fully fund their research for the next 9 months.

This year’s Fellowship was awarded to four student research projects. Qinkai Ge, Weiye Deng, and Yu Yu will examine questions of equity and engagement in MOOCs; Andrew Langsner will study the effects of holistic education on post-secondary professional experience; Kevin Barsaloux, Mariam Ghavalyan, and Victoria Rosenboom will explore the efficacy of makerspaces in improving student labor outcomes; and Eric Price and Alex Norwood will analyze the factors that improve postsecondary completion and career placement rates.

The Deloitte Project Team and Georgetown University will provide ongoing assistance during the term of the Fellowship in the form of training sessions around data analytics and visualizations, mentored learning opportunities with subject matter experts and professional liaisons, workshops that focus on research design and qualitative data collection, and Georgetown faculty support.

To learn more about the 2016 Deloitte Foundation Data Analytics Fellowship, please contact Shane Thomas at st458@georgetown.edu.