Breakthrough Models Incubator 2015

For Leadership Teams Creating the Future of Higher Education

The Breakthrough Models Incubator is an EDUCAUSE Institute Program.

The Incubator Program

Phase 1: Design Foundations
Teams convene in July for 2.5 days of exposure to new approaches to problem solving, and uninterrupted quality time to think, design and plan.

Phase 2: Model Design
Teams work with coaches and content experts to reinforce new ways of thinking and create actionable plans.

Phase 3: Design Launch
Teams receive feedback on their plans, celebrate their efforts and set goals for the year milestone report.

The Potential of Competency-Based Education

Competency-based education models reward students for skills acquired rather than time spent in a seat.  Combined with new technology to deliver and assess learning, and a focus on outputs at all levels, CBE is a promising strategy to break the 'iron triangle' and expand access, affordability, and quality for more students.

Building on Success

Participating Incubator teams join a larger community of innovators that includes the NGLC Wave IIIb grantees, the Incubator's first cohort, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's Breakthrough Delivery Models grantees, all of whom are designing and implementing new, technology-enabled learning and business models in higher education.






2015 Incubator Institutions

NGLC proudly announces the 2015 Incubator teams:

  • Central Arizona College
  • Coppin State University
  • Cuyahoga Community College
  • Ivy Tech Community College
  • Metropolitan State University-Denver
  • National Louis University
  • Northeastern University
  • Rio Salado Community College
  • Simmons College
  • University of Central Oklahoma

 Breakthrough Models Incubator Cohort 1







Breakthrough Models Incubator Cohort 2




Please contact Holly Morris, Director of Postsecondary Model Development and Adoption, for questions concerning the application process.


The deadline to apply is February 4, 2015. To learn more about the Incubator click the button below.

For more information about the program watch the pre-application webinar held on January 6, 2015.