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Part 2: The 16 innovators in high-ranking institutions

Washington Monthly features a growing list of innovators advocating for reform in higher education.

[Editor’s Note: For Part 1 of this story that delves into the measures that should be included in the rankings of the future, read here.]

As the higher education landscape evolves and new institutional rankings take into account alternative data, such as low-income student enrollment and a focus on STEM, innovative individuals within these high-ranking institutions have also come into the spotlight.

As more institutions explore how they can help the most students achieve their goals of earning degrees with as little financial burden as possible, these sixteen higher-ed stakeholders are rising to the challenge and are brainstorming new ideas and approaches to make those goals a reality. These efforts also are shaking up the traditional college rankings system.

Recently, Washington Monthly released its annual college rankings, which are based around three pillars: social mobility, research, and service. The rankings also include loan repayment information and student earnings years after enrolling. Overall, the methodology helps highlight institutions focused on innovation by virtue of their dedication to one or more of the three pillars.

In addition to the rankings, Washington Monthly also published a list of the 16 most innovative people in higher education, from those advocating for progressive policy to faculty members and nonprofits.

(Next page: What members of the list have to say about higher education innovation)

Laura Ascione