Launched in 2008, Ashoka U offers the Changemaker Campus designation to leading institutions in social innovation education. These institutions share the vision for higher education to become the next global driver of social change by transforming the educational experience into a world-changing experience.
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There are currently 30 Ashoka U Changemaker Campuses - public and private institutions that range in size, institutional type and geographic location.
As our Changemaker Campus network grows both in the United States and internationally, we'll continue to uncover the hidden potential of students and inspire them to create meaningful lives and powerful change in the world.
The purpose of the Changemaker Campus designation is to recognize colleges and universities that have embedded social innovation as a core value and showcase the ways in which they have built supportive environments for changemaking across the entire institution – from admissions to curriculum, career services, and community and alumni engagement. Through the Changemaker Campus designation we highlight innovative models and strategies of university-based social innovation at the most advanced institutions.
The selection criteria and process to become a Changemaker Campus are rigorous and closely modeled after Ashoka’s Fellow selection. To learn more about what it would mean for your institution to become a Changemaker Campus, please review the Changemaker Campus overview and campus profiles.
The Changemaker Campus criteria were synthesized from Ashoka U’s experiences of what works in cross-campus social innovation. We have learned that the following conditions must be in place for a cross-campus social innovation initiative to truly grow and thrive.
Vision and Action Plan - a clear vision and team action plan for how to advance social innovation as core value of the institution.
Change Leaders – the entrepreneurial efforts of one to three change leaders with the vision and personal qualities to drive innovation. Change Leader characteristics include:
Change Team - the formation and development of a passionate and competent change team with representation from faculty, administration, student affairs, community stakeholders, and students.
Institutional Ecosystem - favorable conditions and/or significant momentum with 1-3 aspects of the institutional ecosystem: community and culture, teaching and curriculum, applied learning, resources and strategy, leadership, and research. We also look for:
Unique Contribution - a deep conviction and understanding of what the institution has to contribute to the transformation higher education and impact on solving global problems.
The selection process enables Ashoka U to make a comprehensive evaluation of the institution and helps us develop a portfolio of institutional strengths and unique contributions to the field.
The 360° Campus Scan is an inventory tool designed as an empowering experience and structured process to assess the changemaking ecosystem at your institution, catalyze deeper commitment among your allies, generate new insights and ideas about what could work at your institution, and get feedback, recommendations, and comparative institutional case studies from Ashoka U. - $3,500*
*The price of the 360° Campus Scan will increase to $4,000 on January 1, 2015. For those who have already begun the process the price will remain consistent if paid in full during fiscal year 2015.
Ashoka U conducts a selection site visit for interviews with senior leaders and other key allies on campus, and for final evaluation and coaching for the selection panel. - $5,000**
**The price of the Site Visit will increase to $6,000 on January 1, 2015. For those who have already begun the process the price will remain consistent if paid in full during fiscal year 2015.
Two Change Leaders or campus representatives make their case in front of experts in the field, who decide whether the institution qualifies as a Changemaker Campus.
Within a week of the Changemaker Campus selection panel, we will notify you of your designation as a Changemaker Campus and begin to prepare for a launch and designation ceremony at the Ashoka U Exchange. - $10,000
Please note: Institutions only move on to the next phase, if the current phase has been sufficiently satisfied.
To learn more about the Changemaker Campus selection process, please contact Sarah-Marie Hopf, Campus Partnerships Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.