Identity and Diversity in Organizations (IDO) Frequently Asked Questions

 

Identity and Diversity in Organizations (IDO) Frequently Asked Questions

 

  1. What is IDO and why does Ross find it valuable?
  2. What exactly does a student need to complete in order to receive credit for an IDO experience or to complete the IDO milestone degree requirement?
  3. What study abroad experiences can be used fulfill the "D" session portion of the "D" milestone requirement?
  4. What sort of assessment or reflection will students need to complete?  How will this be tracked?
  5. What if my reflection paper isn't approved?
  6. How will my participation be tracked?
  7. What information will be tracked?
  8. When does the IDO milestone degree requirement need to be completed?
  9. How will I know which aspects of the IDO milestone degree requirement have been completed?
  10. Will any of these requirements be different for dual degree students?

 

  1.What is IDO and why does Ross find it valuable?

IDO stands for Identity and Diversity in Organizations. It is a milestone degree requirement for all BBA students that Ross implemented to ensure that BBA graduates are well prepared to be business leaders who create a better world through business. Additionally, recruiters hiring Ross students are looking for candidates who understand how to navigate diverse workplaces and understand diverse customers, clients, shareholders, and other stakeholders. 

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 2. What exactly does a student need to complete in order to receive credit for an IDO experience or to complete the IDO milestone degree requirement?

The requirements to meet the degree milestones are twofold: first, a student must attend an IDO session. After the session, the student will write a reflection paper based on the prompts provided. Papers are assessed using a standard rubric (available on Canvas) by IDO Assistants.

Here is a step-by-step overview of the IDO milestone degree requirement:

Sophomore Year: Part one of the Identity Milestone will take part during BA200 in the fall semester. The next steps below should be completed winter semester of sophomore year. 

  1. Sign up for an IDO session on Sessions@Michigan

  2. Attend session

  3. Complete written assignment within two weeks of attending the session

  4. Receive a satisfactory score (11/ 15 points) on the written assignment 

  5. Milestone will be marked complete on your transcript 

Junior Year:

  1. Sign up for an IDO session on Sessions@Michigan (note: beginning in 2018-19, the majority of "D" sessions will be offered winter semester). 

  2. Attend session or complete a global experience through Ross Global Initiatives

  3. Complete written assignment within two weeks of attending the session

  4. Receive a satisfactory score (11/ 15 points) on the written assignment 

  5. Milestone will be marked complete on your transcript 

 Senior Year: 

  1. Sign up for an IDO session on Sessions@Michigan (note: beginning in 2018-19,  "O" sessions will be offered only in the fall semester). 

  2. Attend session 

  3. Complete written assignment within two weeks of attending the session

  4. Receive a satisfactory score (11/ 15 points) on the written assignment 

  5. Milestone will be marked complete on your transcript 

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3. Which study abroad experiences can be used to fulfill the "D" session portion of the "D" milestone requirement?

Only Ross Global Initiative experiences can be used to fulfill the session portion of your "D" requirement.  In order to successfully complete the "D" milestone with a Ross Global experience, students must attend the experience and earn a “complete” on their reflection papers. Reflection papers will be scored on the same rubric as the papers written by students who attended a session on campus.

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4. What sort of assessment or reflection will students need to complete?

Students must write a reflection paper about the IDO session they attended.  This paper will be due two weeks after the IDO session at 5 pm EST.  Please see the IDO Reflection Paper Guidelines and the prompts and rubric included with your assignment on Canvas for more information.  IDO Graduate Assistants who evaluate the papers are available for office hours to assist students with writing their reflection papers. If you would like to meet with a Graduate Assistant, please contact Shannon Van Gundy (skvg@umich.edu). 

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5. What if a reflection paper is marked incomplete?

If a paper does not score 11 out of 15 points on the rubric, the milestone is not considered complete. If this happens, a student can expect to receive an email from the Assistant Director of IDO  which will explain next steps. The next steps that a student will need to take to earn credit for the milestone will depend on the reason(s) the paper did not receive a score that would deem the milestone complete. Next steps may include rewriting the reflection paper, meeting with an IDO Graduate Assistant or staff member, or restarting the process by attending another IDO session.  Students are expected to communicate regarding any next steps in a timely manner. 

If a student does not complete the steps required to complete the milestone, the milestone will remain incomplete. Incomplete milestones can prevent a student from being on track to graduate, which may result in academic probation.

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6. How will my attendance at sessions be tracked?

Students need to sign up for sessions beforehand on Sessions@Michigan. All sessions have an attendance cap; students who have signed up on Sessions will receive priority in attending the session.

Session participation will be tracked by Ross employees. Unless otherwise specified, attendance will be taken using MCards. Students who arrive late or leave early will not receive credit for attending. Only students marked by Ross employees as having been present in the session will receive access to the reflection paper assignment on Canvas.

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7. What information will be tracked?

Ross will have a record of which IDO sessions students signed up for and attended, reflection paper scores, and when students have completed each of the IDO milestones.  Students will  have a record of the same information because the assistant director will notify them of the status of their reflection papers approximately two weeks after they are due. Students' papers are not shared outside of IDO staff members, but they remain in Canvas. 

Each milestone (I,D, and O) will be recorded on the student’s transcript.  

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8. When does the IDO milestone degree requirement need to be completed?

The IDO milestone degree requirement must be completed by March 1 of a student's final winter semester prior to graduation.  In order to stay on track with this requirement, students should plan to follow this timeline:

  • Identity due during sophomore year in the BBA program

  • Diversity due during junior year  in the BBA program

  • Organizations due by March 1 of a student's final year in the BBA program-- Must attend session fall semester!

If students fall of track with their IDO milestones, they may be placed on academic probation. 

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9. How will I know which aspects of the IDO milestone degree requirement have been completed?

IDO progress will be tracked through Canvas and by the Office of Undergraduate Programs.  Once each component (identity, diversity, and organizations) is complete, your academic degree requirement in Wolverine Access will be updated to reflect this.  It will also be reflected on your transcript. If you have any additional questions, please contact your academic advisor.

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 10. Will any of these requirements be different for dual degree students?

No.  IDO is a milestone degree requirement for all BBA students.

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