Since its launch in 2008, Ashoka U has selected 51 Changemaker Campuses globally, engaged 600 colleges and universities in Ashoka U programs, and supported 4000+ educators and senior administrators as they designed and taught courses, produced research, and created and implemented strategy. We also catalyzed over 2 million students to gain education and skill-building in changemaking and social innovation.
Just as the world is shifting, we are also coming to terms with a natural evolution of our role, what we can offer, and what we need to become. There is no doubt that higher education is at a pivotal point of change. And Ashoka U is changing with it.
Just as the world is shifting, Ashoka U is also moving towards a new phase of strategy.
In 2021, we will be transitioning Ashoka U and the Changemaker Campus (CMC) network from a centralized, fully-staffed, programmatic model to a decentralized model in which Changemaker Campuses collaborate on regional initiatives via Ashoka country offices and programs (e.g., Fellowship and Ashoka Young Changemakers).
Moving forward, our operational model will shift from a heavy emphasis on programs to increasingly focus on spreading ideas, enabling leadership across our network of partners, and building collaborations with key Ashoka programs. This evolution will culminate at the 2021 Exchange which will feature many touchpoints across our network and with key Ashoka strategies and programs. In this blog post and accompanying FAQs, we share more about this evolution process and how Ashoka will continue to support your work.