Census Glossary

Ashoka U

Founded in 2005, Ashoka U is the university division of Ashoka: Innovators for the Public.


Change Leader

A faculty or staff member who sees it as their mission to advance changemaking across the institution.


Change Team

Committed, inter-disciplinary students, leaders, faculty, administrators, staff and community members who help grow and strengthen the campus-wide ecosystem for social innovation.



Changemakers have the freedom, confidence and societal support to address any social problem and drive change.



Changemaking is characterized by the use of self-permission, confidence and societal support to address social problems and drive change.


Civic Engagement

Individual and collective actions that are designed to identify and address issues of public concern with an ongoing involvement in the community and with governing bodies and processes.


Community and Culture

Elements of a social innovation community and culture include: active promotion of on-campus social entrepreneurship programming and activities, awareness – level of social innovation campus-wide, level of participation in social innovation opportunities, and level of self-identification as changemakers by faculty, administrators, and students.


Community Engagement

People working collaboratively, through inspired action and learning, to create and realize bold visions for their common future. It is an ongoing interactive process characterized by commitment to ever-changing community needs and interests.


Institutional Infrastructure

Elements of the institutional infrastructure for social innovation include: processes and procedures to facilitate campus-wide coordination, quantity and quality of program staffing for social innovation, current budget is sufficient to reach full program potential, and funding strategies include long-term planning and longevity for social innovation at the institution.



A person within an organization who takes direct responsibility for turning a new idea into reality. Intrapreneurship is now also part of a corporate management style that integrates risk-taking and innovation approaches, as well as the reward and motivational techniques, which are more traditionally thought of as being the province of entrepreneurship.



Elements of leadership for campus-based social innovation include: level of president, provost, and/or deans’ support and advocacy for social innovation activities to donors, alumni, students, faculty and staff; degree to which faculty embed social innovation skills, mindset, and values into the curriculum and research; frequency of public articulation by faculty and student affairs administrators on the importance of social innovation knowledge, skills, and application.


Service Learning

A method of teaching that combines formal instruction with a related service in the community. Advocates claim that learning is enhanced through direct application in appropriate social contexts of principles and practices taught through formal instruction concurrent with guided reflection of the student’s experiences.


Social Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship characterized by striving to solve social problems using innovative, sustainable, scalable, and measurable approaches.


Social Impact

The transformational effect of an activity on the social fabric of the community and well being of individuals.


Social Innovation

New strategies, concepts, ideas and organizations that meet social needs of all kinds — from working conditions and education to community development and health — and that extend and strengthen civil society.


Social Justice

Social justice is the virtue which guides us in creating those organized human interactions we institutions. In turn, social institutions when justly organized provide us with access to what is good for the person, both individually and in our associations with others. Social justice also imposes on each of us a personal responsibility to work with others to design and continually perfect our institutions as tools for personal and social development.