APPROACH AND METHODOLOGY
For the global community to address the challenges we face, Ashoka U believes that colleges and universities everywhere must become more entrepreneurial and innovative, find ways to leverage the entire spectrum of institutional resources for social impact, and develop generations of competent and confident changemakers. Ashoka U's change strategy is to catalyze select, high-caliber Changemaker Campus teams to transform their institutional system and culture, and then disseminate what Ashoka U and the Changemaker Campuses learn together to a growing Ashoka U network for collaboration and replication, with the ultimate goal of tipping the higher education sector.
Ashoka U hopes to reach their goals by way of three primary strategies:
I. Develop and Empower Higher Education Change Leaders
II. Advance Universities as Hubs of Social Innovation
III. Catalyze Universities as Co-Creators of Social Change
These strategies are driven through various programs and partnerships: The annual Ashoka U Exchange brings together hundreds of higher education change leaders, both students and faculty, to share best practices and build community for social entrepreneurship education. Ashoka U provides a 360 degree review process and framework for individuals to analyze and advance their campuses as hubs of social innovation. Then, once a campus has institutional buy-in from the president's office, evidence of student, faculty and administrator interest, and a programmatic initiative already underway around social entrepreneurship, they may apply to become recognized as a Changemaker Campus. The Changemaker Campus designation involves a multi-year commitment to publish results towards milestones, including a resource longevity plan to develop long-term funding to keep social entrepreneurship as part of the institution's core offerings. As a Changemaker Campus, institutions join a prestigious cohort of colleges and universities committed to co-create the future of higher education. Change Leaders and students collaborate on proposals and activities across campuses, gain preferential access to partnerships and research opportunities on the ground with Ashoka Fellows, and they are recognized in national and global press and media for their impact.
As Ashoka U has put their strategies into action, the outcomes have been astounding. Changemaker Campus partnerships between Ashoka U and 15 colleges and universities have yielded dozens of promising practices and innovations that have been bundled into actionable Ashoka U programs for any college and university that shares the vision. Ashoka U programs bring leading social entrepreneurs for residencies to campuses; advance the institution on student awareness and engagement around social entrepreneurship and changemaking, host faculty development institutes, as well as offer institutional visioning and strategic planning support. Ashoka U has the tools and the know-how. Now they need partners at colleges and universities globally that will help make their vision a reality.
IMPLEMENTATION, TIMELINE, AND DELIVERABLES
By 2015, Ashoka U will grow their Changemaker Campuses from 15 to 30.
Despite rising costs, climbing dropout rates, and the frequently reported disconnect between the content learned and the skills needed for today's economy, higher education can play a critical role in contemporary society to drive personal transformation and global social change. However, the higher education system faces structural barriers to innovation that hold it back from reaching its full potential. These challenges include lack of an entrepreneurial spirit and adherence to traditional academic silos; a lack of know-how and networks to leverage institutional resources for social impact through partnerships with social entrepreneurs; and the lack of a connection to a learning community of individuals who have both a vision for the future of higher education and the commitment to do something about it.
SEEKING: Financial Resources, Implementing Partners, Media/Marketing Opportunities
Ashoka U seeks technology platform partners to help them provide ways for the Ashoka U community to connect and share benchmarking data and to share best practices and innovations across campuses to achieve collaboration and replication goals.
Ashoka U seeks communications experts and media partners to create innovative ways to get the word out about the momemntum that's building around social entrepreneurship education. They've seen an incredible growth rate and not enough people know that it is happening.
OFFERING: Implementing Partners, Best Practice Information, Media/Marketing Opportunities
Ashoka U hopes that some members of the CGI U community will embrace the Ashoka U vision and join their call to action to transform the university experience into a world-changing experience. Ashoka U is the platform to learn how and there are so many ways to get involved: ashokau.org.