life design

Design Thinking at BGSU

Life Design

It’s a new approach to education. We know life isn’t a linear path. 27% of graduates are in fields of their majors 10 years after graduation, but we are looking to change that statistic at BGSU.

Embracing the work of Stanford University’s Design Lab, we are ready to equip students with the experiences and tools for success on a path they choose.

students walking

Students arrive with so many of the same tough questions:

  • Will I meet academic expectations and still have fun?
  • Will I develop new friendships?
  • Did I choose the right major?
  • Will I be accepted for who I am?
  • Will I be able to make a positive impact?  

With Life Design students learn to think like a designer - about their college experience and their life.

fashion design students

We are doing something about it.

We teach the design thinking framework. Students gain a process to solve complex, unstructured and unknown issues. They learn how to get unstuck, how to adjust when things change, how to think of new ideas and how to make intentional decisions to achieve their goals.

In other words, they learn to deal with ambiguity and complexity.

How are we doing this?

  • We help them develop their own toolkit in Year 1 and stay with them all four years until graduation.
  • It starts with a first-year course that is led by a design coach.
  • We are here because we care about their success. We are their guides, supporters and connectors to resources and services that keep them on track to graduate.
  • We build confidence in their ability to navigate the unknown - to realize they will be ready for life after college and to make meaningful contributions to the world.
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Updated: 11/01/2021 04:28PM