Curricular & Teaching Findings

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Social innovation offerings

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Out of all 228 Census Respondents, 158 answered the question about courses on social innovation at either the undergraduate or graduate level. In total, these 158 schools listed 639 courses on social innovation for undergraduates, and 769 courses on social innovation for graduate students. Cumulatively, this is 1408 courses in social innovation for 158 schools.

This averages to 8.9 schools on social innovation per institution on both the graduate and undergraduate level, or an average of 4.0 undergraduate classes and 4.87 on a graduate level. This is significantly higher than Ashoka U was expecting as an average result, but it’s unclear whether that is because people defined “social innovation courses” broadly, because of the biased respondent group, or if the numbers are actually accurate.

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  • Masters Program: 188% growth since 2008; highest number launched in 2012
  • Major Degree: 150% growth since 2008; highest number launched in 2010
  • Minor Degree: 163% growth since 2008; highest number launched in 2013
  • Certificate Program/Concentration: 255% growth since 2008; highest number launched in 2011

Drivers of Social Innovation

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From your perspective, select up to three of the most influential factors that drive social innovation at your institution?

General education or other academic requirement15.5%

Factor Percentage
Alignment with institutional mission 63%
Student demand 61.5%
Faculty leadership 60%
Staff leadership 26%
Presidential priority 21%
Departmental priorities 17%
Funder priorities 11.5%
Other .6%

 

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From your perspective, what are the obstacles that currently stand in the way of advancing campus-wide social innovation at your institution? Check all that apply.

Obstacle Percentage
Lack of funding 55.5%
Lack of cohesive campus-wide vision for social innovation 48%
Lack of campus-wide awareness of social innovation 42%
Lack of strategy and clear action plan for social innovation 40.5%
Lack of a devoted staff position to drive campus-wide initiative 36.5%
Lack of leadership (president, provost, deans) buy-in 21%
Lack of faculty/staff engagement 18.5%
Lack of cultural values around social change 13.5%
Other 7.5%
None of the above 6%

Social Innovation Offerings by School Size Data Set

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Number of offerings 0 – 3,000 students 3,000 – 10,000 students 10,000 – 30,000 students 30,000+ students Total
0-2 0 0 0 1 1
3 0 1 0 1 2
4 1 0 4 1 6
5 0 1 3 0 4
6 3 5 3 3 14
7 3 4 5 1 13
8 2 3 7 5 19
9 4 4 9 5 22
10 8 6 5 2 21
11 7 8 4 1 20
12 12 5 8 2 27
13 8 3 7 4 22
14 6 4 5 3 18
15 8 7 1 3 19
16 3 1 0 4 8
Total 65 52 61 36 220