Welcome to Lone Star College-University Park’s Invitation 2 Innovate (i2i), one of the campuses’ many programs which provide students with innovative and transformative opportunities from education to careers.
i2i challenges students and faculty to solve complex problems with innovative solutions. Since it began in Jan. 2012, i2i has been meeting and exceeding those challenges.
This past May, LSC-University Park was nationally recognized for its winning entry in the 2012 National Education Startup Challenge. The National Education Startup Challenge is part of the Startup America program from the U.S. Department of Education. The Challenge invited students to develop an innovative solution to an education problem and design a blueprint for a new company or non-profit organization from start-up to delivery.
This year’s challenge, led by Haley Barnett of LSC-University Park and guided by Mike Mathews, chief strategist for innovation and entrepreneurship and i2i advisor, won the 2012 National Education Startup Challengewith their entry, the Educational Positioning System (EPS). The EPS is designed to help students access and navigate their own college transcripts, standardized test scores, personal interests, labor statistics, and career pathways to select the right college and end up in the right career. The EPS captures a student’s data along with their entire educational journey. Students are then able to access their data in one location and choose exactly what path will work best for them as they prepare for and complete their college education. The EPS puts the ownership of student data into the hands of students, according to Mathews.
According to Dr. Brenda Dann-Messier, assistant secretary for vocational and adult education, “The Educational Positioning System’s winning entry shows the promise of tackling tough educational issues when our country’s students are empowered to innovate and meet the challenges of the 21st Century.”
A sneak preview of the students’ efforts can be viewed at mydatabutton.com. The winning video introduction to the Educational Positioning System (EPS) can be viewed by clicking on 2012 Student Winners.
For more information on i2i, contact Mike Mathews