There are currently 29 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.
Imagine a world where…
Prospective students choose Changemaker Campuses because they are a place to make a difference:Arizona State University student Kaitlyn Fitzgerald serves as director of Changemaker Central, a student-led university initiative that develops a culture of positive social impact through social entrepreneurship, community service, high impact careers, and service learning.
Students of Changemaker Campuses launch social enterprises:Nick Harris, College of the Atlantic alumnus, uses his knowledge of biochemistry and the support he received through the Hatchery to develop a venture that turns waste into environmentally sustainable fuel.
Leading social entrepreneurs partner with Changemaker Campuses:Kathryn Hall-Trujillo, Ashoka Fellow and founder of the Birthing Project, collaborates with Tulane University to bring the public health curriculum into the community.
Faculty, administrators, and staff seek to join Changemaker Campuses:Michael Crow, President of Arizona State University, hires Innovative Fellows annually to help solve global challenges by supporting cross-campus entrepreneurship.
Employers focus their recruiting efforts on Changemaker Campuses:Patricia Marquez, Director of the University of San Diego Changemaker HUB, attracts employers by highlighting talent through the Social Innovation Challenge.
Alumni give back because they believe in Changemaker Campuses:Craig Wing, alumnus of Babson College and intrapreneur at Google, participates in the Action Learning Project to mentor other alumni social entrepreneurs.
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:
- Envisions social entrepreneurship as a key professional priority over the next few years.
- Clearly articulates a vision for how social entrepreneurship will advance the institution’s mission and promote student learning.
- Is dedicated to campus-wide change, as opposed to change isolated in a particular department or center.
- Entrepreneur or Intrapreneur - Compelled to cause major pattern change as evidenced by experience founding a new venture or re-shaping the work of an existing organization.
- Understanding and Belief in Everyone a Changemaker - Understands and believes in Ashoka's Everyone a Changemaker vision.
- Social and Emotional Intelligence - Works efficiently and respectfully in teams, putting organizational and team goals first.
- Ethical Fiber - Exhibits exceptionally strong ethical standards, empathy skills, and trustworthiness.
- Self Definition - Assumes that changing the world in big ways is what he or she will do in life and has developed appropriate skills and ways of thinking.
- Mandated to build social entrepreneurship with interdisciplinary campus-wide scope:
- Change leader has significant, dedicated time to advancing social entrepreneurship initiatives.
- Change leader is accountable for partnership success.
- Committed to building a cross-campus Changemaker Campus Team:
- Leads an informal or formal group that meets regularly.
- Team includes representation from students, faculty, and staff, from both academic and student affairs.
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:
- Pervasive stakeholder support: Evidence of strong student, faculty, and administrator interest in social entrepreneurship.
- Senior leadership buy-in (from Presidents, Provosts, and Deans): Support from President and/or Provost, and active championship from one or multiple Deans on campus.
- Existing social innovation programming: Major, minor, certificate, course, internship, fellowship, center, or a varient thereof should already be underway on campus.
- Multi-year commitment: A mandated "Change Leader" is accountable for the partnership from one year to the next, with senior-level support and commitment to this as a multi-year initiative.
- Resource longevity plan: Commitment to developing a long-term funding strategy to keep social entrepreneurship as a core part of the institution’s offerings.
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.
Phase 1 – 360° Campus Scan:
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
Phase 2 – Site Visit:
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
Phase 3 – Selection Panel:
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 Beeta Ansari at firstname.lastname@example.org.