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MAPP | My Action Plan with Purpose |

MAPP is a multidimensional roadmap supporting students through the journey.

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Today, a group of non-traditional students at the University of California - Berkeley asked,"what are the needs of tomorrow?" Some of the students in this group had taken very different paths to UC Berkeley. A few had transferred in, were raising children, or dealing with the shadows of being formerly incarcerated. They understood that students coming in behind them will still share their experiences, and they will be impacted by their respective needs. They also understood that their present day will impact their lives tomorrow. They reimagined the question: "what can we do today to better serve the next generation of students?"


We identified three fundamental needs for all students navigating higher education: support, vision, and purpose.

My Action Plan with Purpose (MAPP) centers these needs and provides learners with an interactive roadmap for them to use throughout the journey. MAPP will lead students to, through, and beyond college.

How is it interactive? 

  • Tech component: Vision

Students visualize their dream careers/lifestyles on an interactive vision map. A vision MAPP is similar to a vision board, but with layers. Action/task lists are generated within the vision web and link to student's calendar. Vision MAPP layers include holistic health, financial freedom (education, savings, and investments) academic success, and community contributions. Vision MAPP could be exported to spreadsheet and document formats.  

  • Human Element: Support 

Mentors are student's accountability partners. Mentors work with students on building, maintaining and revising vision MAPPs. Mentors help students complete action/task lists and connect them with resources and opportunities relating to student's individualized roadmap. 

  • Planning: Purpose

Throughout the process, students and mentors will explore the big question, "what is the contribution that this MAPP and this student will have on their communities? How will the student use this to be a more active citizen of the world?" The vision MAPP has a notes/multi-media journaling feature for students to reflect on this question through different points in their journeys.

Who is your idea designed for and how does it reimagine higher education to support the needs of tomorrow?

Students, academic advisors, and mentors. It reimagines the academic planning process by going beyond academic achievement into personal growth and development.

This idea emerged from:

  • A group brainstorm
  • An OpenIDEO outpost or chapter
  • A Design Jam or Workshop event

What skills, input or guidance from the OpenIDEO community would be most helpful in building out or refining your idea?

We'd love support in developing a prototype of MAPP. What does the interface look like? How could we make it accessible across tech devices and skill levels?
We'd also love your thoughts on mentor, student matching.

What early, lightweight experiment might you try out in your own community to find out if the idea will meet your expectations?

Launch pilot program with transfer, formerly incarcerated, and re-entry students at UC Berkeley and measure the impact of the program on students' academic and life plans by gauging students' sense of support, vision, and purpose before and after the program.

Tell us about your work experience:

MAPP team consists of five transfer students from a range of different majors and backgrounds and our two mentors, an academic advisor with over 20 years of experience at the UC Berkeley campus and an alumnae-entrepreneur who preaches human-centered design in all she does.


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Hi Quame and team,

I hope you are having a nice day.

There are 13 days left in the refinement stage. Is there anything your team needs help or support with? Are there any updates you would like to share with the OpenIDEO community?

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