UC Forward's Certificates in Innovation Transformation are cross-college (CECH, DAAP, COB, ENGR, A&S) certificates that bring students from diverse backgrounds and perspectives together to address common problems facing society, technology, design, and commerce. UC Forward certificates promote innovation through trans-disciplinary collaboration.
There are currently 4 UC Forward certificates, each with the same foundational learning objectives and collaborative spirit, but with different foci to fit the diverse needs of UC students.
UC Forward certificates help students learn to:
- Build relationships and partnerships with internal and external collaborators, including local innovators, entrepreneurs, and policy makers and/or faculty and students outside their discipline.
- Identify and explain the process of transformative innovation: Ideation, Commercialization, and Being a Force for Change.
- Work effectively in self-directed teams, demonstrating capacity to lead, follow, and motivate others.
- Appraise their own individual strengths and weaknesses in the context of multi-disciplinary collaborations
- Create powerful outcomes through recognition of the role of opposing value systems and paradigms
- Use creative problem-solving skills to address market and societal needs.
Structure & Course Load
Each certificate requires 15 credit hours of courses, including two introductory courses. Specific courses vary by certificate, so students should refer to the certificate descriptions for updated course information.
Students interested in pursuing a UC Forward certificate should contact Cory Christopher, Director of UC Forward. email@example.com, or call the UC Forward office: 513-556-3256.
Local faculty contacts responsible for approving changes to the curriculum:
College of Business: BJ Zirger, BJ.Zirger@uc.edu; Tom Dalziel, Tom.Dalziel@uc.edu
Arts & Sciences: Stacie Holloway, Stacie.Furst-Holloway.uc.edu
DAAP: Steven Doehler, Steven.Doehler.@uc.edu
CECH: Carlee Escue, Carlee.Escue@uc.edu
CEAS: Jason Heikenfeld, Jason.Heikenfeld.@uc.edu; Jay Kim, Jay.Kim@uc.edu