EDUCAUSE’s new Breakthrough Models Academy

Across today’s news outlets are stories on the critical issues facing higher education. In the Huffington Post last June, Wagner College president Richard Guarasci summed those issues: “The crisis facing American higher education is rooted in a series of challenges around access, cost, affordability, learning outcomes and institutional priorities.” Guarasci went on to describe the depth and complexity of each of these challenges. Solutions to these challenges reside at the nexus of innovation and change catalyzed by technology. However, critical to ideating and advancing these solutions are knowledgeable, creative, visionary leaders.

EDUCAUSE and NGLC are responding to this need by announcing a new leadership development program--the Breakthrough Models Academy. The Academy will identify and serve a cohort of leaders who have the insight, energy, and commitment to design models that will address the critical issues in higher education and point to future change. One of the driving forces behind the Academy’s launch is NGLC’s recently-funded cohort of breakthrough models for postsecondary programs. We anticipate these models will play a clear role in defining a leadership development experience like no other – which is what higher education’s challenges clearly demand.  

In its inaugural year, the Academy will combine a week-long face-to-face program in Cambridge, MA (July 14-19) with team-based work on a breakthrough model design challenge during the summer. Team projects will be judged by experts and peers at the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference 2013, October 15-18 in Anaheim, CA with prizes (cash and educational credits) for winning team designs. Annual Academy cohorts naturally become a national community of higher education innovators who depend on each other for guidance and collaborate to advance breakthrough models.

For more information about this program including nomination and application materials, please visit the Breakthrough Models Academy site.

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