The Background of the iConsult Collaborative
The iConsult experiential learning program was developed originally under a Kauffman Foundation entrepreneurship grant by iSchool faculty member David Dischiave in 2008. In the Fall of 2009, iConsult consisted of 7 local projects, engaging 9 students. The program was expanded in 2012 under the direction of iSchool faculty member Art Thomas, along with formal collaboration with the Project Management Institute local chapter in Syracuse. In that year 28 students consulted in 8 team-oriented projects in the community. By 2015, iConsult had grown to engage nearly 60 students working in teams for 14 client projects. During the 2017-18 academic year, the program engaged 80 students who gained about 10,000 hours of experience while working on more than 30 client projects.
Today’s iConsult Story
In 2018, iConsult was revised and expanded into a University-wide program in collaboration with both corporate and community engagement partners and sponsors. This gives the opportunity to involve students from multiple schools and colleges within the University in cross-functional teams.
The iConsult Collaborative, as it is now known, builds upon its long-term foundation to work on a broad range of projects leading toward the digital transformation of its clients in several business sectors.
The iSchool directs and manages the iConsult Collaborative on behalf of the University
The 2018-19 iConsult Collaborative
Art Thomas, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Professor of Practice School of Information Studies firstname.lastname@example.org
Lauren McPhillips, Program Manager, School of Information Studies email@example.com
Student Project Leaders:
Sarah Weber, Director, Employer Relations, School of Information Studies firstname.lastname@example.org
Information Technology, School of Information Studies: