Beyond Business as Usual: The 2014 Breakthrough Models Incubator

Washington, D.C. summers are often hot, but watch out for a heat wave when the NGLC Breakthrough Models Incubator rolls into town on July 22-25.  We’re bringing nine leadership teams together to accelerate development of their plans for competency-based education (CBE) models that are aiming to lift off in 2015. 

We’re proud to announce our 2014 cohort, which includes:

  • Antioch University
  • Austin Community College
  • Central Wyoming College
  • Empire State College – SUNY
  • Excelsior College
  • Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education
  • Paul Smith's College
  • University of Maryland – University College
  • University of New England

Executive Level Participation

When did your leadership team have three days of uninterrupted meetings? Each seven-person Incubator team will bring its president, provost, chief financial officer, chief information officer and at least one faculty representative together for two and a half days of exposure to new ideas and blue-sky thinking. Like the NGLC Breakthrough Models Academy, Incubator teams will take new approaches to thinking about the both their institution’s education and business models as they craft a new degree sequence rooted in CBE.  Each team will receive a $50,000 grant, generously funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to enable their participation in the program.

Design Thinking + Disruption

Design thinking, a creative, user-centered approach to problem solving pioneered by innovation and design firm IDEO will be a prominent feature of the program, and rpkGROUP will be providing a new lens for looking at the business model.  As with the Academy, the Incubator will bring teams into contact with some of education’s leaders in innovation, including Paul LeBlanc of Southern New Hampshire University.

Our group will also learn from one another, combining leaders of the earliest efforts in alternative education with leaders in online learning. I expect a full out revolution when we connect them to the Incubator’s first cohort.

Upon returning to campus, Incubator teams will take the basic framework they’ve assembled and will flesh out the details with continued virtual support from EDUCAUSE. Each team will have the opportunity to participate in flipped classroom-style webinars and will have coaching support to help them create launch-ready plans for review and feedback in January 2015. The goal? Launching CBE models ready for student enrollment as early as spring 2015.

Interested in Joining Next Year’s Cohort?

If your institution is ready to go beyond business as usual and would like to know more about the 2015 Incubator, drop us a line here and we’ll make sure you receive notice of the next open application.

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