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University Critical Thinking and Decision Making Class Helps Nonprofit Organizations

April 03, 2015

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Senior management students in Dr. Margaret Lucero’s Critical Thinking and Decision Making class gave presentations on April 1, which addressed the current challenges faced by nonprofit organizations. As part of their presentations, the students offered helpful solutions to help solve a key problem.

The Critical Thinking and Decision Making class is completing a series of three projects that combine their management knowledge with new skills in creative problem solving. In this project, groups of students interviewed and studied issues involving a nonprofit organization. The students created poster boards to help showcase a problem and their proposed solution to fix it. The six nonprofit organizations, the public, and the campus community were invited to this event.

Nonprofit organizations who participated in the project included CASA of the Coastal Bend, People Assisting Animal Control, Youth Odyssey, Corpus Christi Roadrunners, Timon’s Ministries, and South Texas Children’s Home Ministries.

“It is important for students to have a chance to connect classroom learning to real problems,” said Lucero, a Professor of Management. “This also gives them a chance to visit with a nonprofit organization while they learn about the services provided by the nonprofit organization and the kind of challenges that the managers or founders in that organization face.”

Lucero, who has been with the Island University for nearly 13 years, says that she uses projects that help students to develop their critical thinking skills and engagement within the community.