About Vertically Integrated Projects
The VIP Program is the next revolution in higher education research.
The Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) Model for Experiential Learning creates long-term, large-scale projects that unite undergraduate education and faculty research, innovation, design, and entrepreneurship through multidisciplinary teams.
The NYU VIP Program encompasses project-based learning courses in which students participate on multidisciplinary teams for academic credit. Each VIP team has large-scale and multi-faceted objectives in research, design, entrepreneurship, and/or community outreach & service. A VIP faculty advises each VIP team composed of 1st through 4th year students — with each student participating from one to three years. New VIP students learn from and replace those who graduate by engaging in peer-to-peer learning and mentorship which sustains each VIP team beyond any one student. The vertical integration of students and faculty from across different levels of expertise onto a team inspired the Vertically Integrated Projects name.
Three essential characteristics of the VIP Model of Experiential Learning are:
- Projects based on faculty advisor’s innovation projects and expertise;
- Undergraduate participation for course credit over several semesters; and
- Learning outcomes focused on the development of disciplinary and professional skills. The NYU VIP Program supports over 30 teams and 400 students per year, led by VIP Advisors from across NYU schools and global sites.
The VIP Program started at Purdue in 2001 and found a new home at Georgia Tech in 2009. Since then, the program has expanded into the VIP Consortium of 37 institutions around the world. The NYU VIP Program was founded in Fall 2016 at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering with support from the Helmsley Charitable Trust. The VIP Consortium was recognized with the 2019 ABET Innovation Award for dissemination of this transformative approach to engineering education.
VIP Course Policies
All undergraduate students at NYU are welcome to apply to enroll in a VIP course to earn academic credit for participation on a VIP team. There are no major or prerequisite requirements to join any VIP team, and most students earn elective credit toward graduation.
The variable credit course structure is an essential characteristic to the VIP Program that promotes students' long-term engagement and growth. All new students and most returning students enroll in a VIP course for one (1) credit per semester. Students who develop into positions of leadership and specialization on a VIP team over time can enroll for two (2) credits per semester, commensurate with their increased responsibilities and workload. Over multiple semesters, a student can earn up to six (6) VIP credits. In most cases, this VIP credit is recognized as elective credit toward graduation.
Starting Fall 2020, there will be a zero (0) credit VIP course option for those students that are unable to enroll in the VIP course due to enrollment overload credit limits.
Three Semester Commitment
Students are expected to participate on the same VIP team for at least three consecutive semesters. This long-term commitment is an essential characteristic of the VIP Model that emulates a professional organization and enables meaningful peer-to-peer learning and mentorship to develop and sustain the VIP team over time.
All students must apply to join a VIP team for the first time. There is one application for each team, accessible via an "Apply to this Team" link on the VIP Team pages. The application is simple, with acceptance decisions primarily determined by the Statement of Interest. Students are not screened based on GPA or interviews. Prospective students may choose to apply to several VIP teams, but must select one team to enroll. Find all the details about how to apply & enroll.
VIP Student Expectations
VIP Teams are managed as academic project-based learning courses; all students receive a letter grade for each semester of participation. The VIP grade is based on students' individual contributions and documentation of their work, as well as engagement and contributions to the team activities and objectives.
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