Cultivating a Culture of Innovation on Your Campus
Concurrent Session 5
Innovation is critical, but challenging in higher education, given the traditions and incentives that define it. So how might we, from the roles we’re in, cultivate a culture of innovation on our campuses? In this design thinking session, we’ll explore what innovation looks like in higher education, identify obstacles on our campuses to fostering innovation, and ideate on solutions to address our shared challenges.
Higher education institutions need to be more innovative to adapt to broader trends: increasing costs of education, declining enrollments among “traditional” students ages 18-24, and decreasing public support. Innovation - in the ways we support students to succeed - is critical, but challenging in contexts steeped in tradition and pockets of people and processes resistant to change. So how might we, from the roles we’re in, cultivate a culture of innovation on our campuses?
This design thinking challenge will include three parts. To begin to explore this question, we’ll kick off with a discussion of what innovation looks like. Which institutions are the most innovative? How so? What are the structures that enable that innovation?
We’ll then move on to understanding the challenge. What are the obstacles to innovation on your campus? We’ll facilitate a full group discussion on these obstacles, and identify overlapping challenges.
Finally, we’ll work towards solutions. Participants will select an innovation challenge to work on in groups. Groups will brainstorm solutions, refine the top idea, and share it with the full group.
Participants will walk away having identified models for innovation in higher ed, articulated shared challenges to innovation on their campuses, and having collaboratively brainstormed actionable solutions. Join us in the exciting Innovation Studio space to tackle this design challenge.