Breakthrough Models Academy 2014

Developing the Next Generation of Innovative Higher Education Leaders 


A Unique Three-Part Program

The Residential Program
Participants come to Cambridge, MA for five busy days of speaker sessions with leaders in the field such as Paul LeBlanc, president of Southern New Hampshire University, and working sessions with their design challenge team and mentor coaches.

The Coach-Supported Model Design Program
Post-Cambridge, design challenge teams will meet with their coaches through connected online environments to create their own version of a 'breakthrough model' for student success that incorporates essential elements and builds on the information shared in the residential program.

The Model Design Presentation
The Academy culminates with presentation of selected designs at the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative Annual Meeting.


The Academy's Goal

The Breakthrough Models Academy 2014 is a collaboration between EDUCAUSE, the League for Innovation in the Community College, the Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC). The Academy prepares current and emerging leaders to catalyze change by challenging current thinking and providing a chance to design next generation learning models. Examples of breakthrough models among NGLC's grantees include: 

New Charter University
Northern Arizona University
Southern New Hampshire University
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board


EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative Podcast

The 2013 Breakthrough Models Academy Winners

The 2014 BMA Cohort Consists of:    

  • 40% Private
  • 60% Public
  • 28% Two Year
  • 72% Four Year
  • Balanced Gender Represented
  • International: Australia and Canada
  • Carnegies Represented: Doctoral, Masters, Liberal Arts, and Associates Colleges

Topics of Interest:

  • Affordability
  • Business Models
  • Accessibility
  • Student Completion
  • Student Retention
  • Faculty Roles/Development
  • Competency Based Education
  • Pedagogy
  • Globalization

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