Innovation, innovation, innovation. Higher-ed innovation is a much-loved phrase, and it’s also something academic leaders strive to define and embrace.

But how, exactly, do you define higher-ed innovation when it can look different depending on your place in academia? It’s often difficult to keep momentum going in higher-ed innovation, and innovation for innovation’s sake won’t necessarily help if student success isn’t at the forefront of innovation initiatives.

Here are three examples of where higher-ed innovation stands today–it is found at all levels and in all departments, and these examples just might inspire you to think about innovation from a different point of view.

1. Castle Rock, Colorado, is one of the fastest growing cities in the state, with 19.5-percent growth in the past six years. Previously, 80 percent of residents commuted outside the city for work; however, citizens in Castle Rock and greater Douglas County, Colorado, have a newfound commitment to transform the city into a standalone community that offers residents an abundance of career opportunities.

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Laura Ascione

Laura Ascione is the Managing Editor, Content Services at eSchool Media. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland's prestigious Philip Merrill College of Journalism. When she isn't wrangling her two children, Laura enjoys running, photography, home improvement, and rooting for the Terps. Find Laura on Twitter: @eSN_Laura

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