My last post talked about the problems that my group identified when coming up with a focus for our project, but I want to touch on those problems some more.
The main problem the Block U students experienced were false promises - the program was promised to have all of these benefits that turned out to be nonexistent.
We decided not to rely solely on the experiences of the members of our groups, so we asked other students who were part of these programs if they experienced any of these issues. A majority of them said they had.
After interviewing Block U and LEAP students, we set to work brainstorming possible solutions. The following is our solution statement:
At its core, the Block U and LEAP programs are a good idea that can save students money and time, but it suffers from a lack of communication. If we wish to achieve better communication between the students and the faculty members, then we should provide resources and mandatory meetings with advisors to improve overall communication in the programs. There needs to be a single place Block U students can go to in order to access all of their resources, easily get in contact with other students, and see what they need to do to complete their requirements.
In my next post, I'm going to talk about the possible solutions we came up with and which we ended up choosing.