7 innovation factors part of new framework for higher-ed leaders

Helping schools set up a culture focused on bolstering innovation is the focus of a new report.

report-innovation-cultureA new report from 2Revolutions, EDUCAUSE, and Next Generation Learning Challenges has proposed a highly detailed framework for building and sustaining a culture of innovation in higher education.

Building a Culture of Innovation in Higher Education: Design & Practice for Leaders” is a higher education follow-up to a similar K-12 report from 2Revolutions and The Learning Accelerator in 2014, which explained the factors and importance of innovation culture. It also shared a self-assessment tool that educational leaders can use to better build innovation culture.

This new publication aims to build on that methodology to be a valuable resource for universities, colleges, community colleges, not-for-profits, and other organizations that serve postsecondary institutions by providing best practices for catalyzing, enabling and sustaining innovation culture.

The report focuses on helping schools “think creatively and strategically about how to use technology to personalize and strengthen roadmap markers” for an increasingly diverse pool of students that expect a measurable return on their investment of time and money spent on pursing a degree.

According to the report, a culture of innovation is defined as “nurturing an environment that continually introduces new ideas or ways of thinking, then translates them into action to solve specific problems or seize new opportunities.” Though it can be difficult to replace tried and true approaches with untested ones, the report stresses that analysis and experimentation are key in our shifting higher education landscape.

(Next page: The report’s keys for creating an effective innovation culture)