Institutional Innovation

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Welcome to the home of Notre Dame's solution think tank. The team will serve campus and the mission of the University by empowering cross-functional teams to assess problems, design human-centered solutions, and implement those solutions at scale across campus. Institutional Innovation partners with divisions to install innovations and improvements in areas such as automation, service levels, process, reorganization, shared services, and more.


Our Mission: Solve Problems. Improve Lives.

We seek to improve the lives of students, faculty, and staff by solving problems that affect our University community. Our goal is to unlock financial aid for students in need by making all at Notre Dame more efficient and effective in their work.

Our Vision

Establish a reputation of transformational excellence through our work with interested partners and students and unlock financial aid for students in need.

Our Values

Zeal - We carry a deep belief in and commitment to the mission of Notre Dame and apply it to our work every day.

Candor - Transparency is vital to creating trust among all of our partners.

Humility - We know we don’t have the answers and our first solutions won’t be the best, we have to iterate to be effective.

Generosity - We go above and beyond in our work with our partners in helping them reach and exceed their goals.

Creativity - Difficult problems require imaginative solutions, we push ourselves and our teams to think big.

Assess. Design. Implement.

We engage with partners and stakeholders to deeply understand the problem through in-depth research, interviews, and data analysis. Our next step is the design phase. We utilize design sprints and other design solution methods to create a set of holistic solutions with our project partners. Finally, we work to implement these solutions by establishing transparency of progress and clear goals for full implementation and adoption.


For more information regarding completed projects, please read this article or contact the Institutional Innovation team.