During the Selection Process, Candidate Campuses can expect to benefit from:

STRATEGIC ADVISING: Receive advising and recommendations on how to grow the social innovation and changemaking ecosystem and position your institution as a leader in the field of social innovation and changemaking in higher education.

INSTITUTIONAL CHANGE AND STRATEGIC ALIGNMENT: Through the 360° Campus Scan, assess your current ecosystem for social innovation and changemaking and develop a collective vision and strategy for how to advance social innovation and changemaking across your institution and beyond.

PEER TO PEER CONNECTIONS AND NETWORK EXPERTISE: Learn with and from other Change Leaders at Candidate Campuses during the 360° Campus Scan and beyond. Connect with and learn from experts across the Ashoka U and Ashoka networks, including “Change Leaders” from other Changemaker Campuses, global Ashoka staff and Ashoka Fellows, during the 360° Campus Scan, Site Visit, and Selection Panel.


As part of the Changemaker Campus Network, Change Leaders and institutions can benefit from:

POSITIONING AS A FIELD LEADER: Take advantage of an emerging trend and distinguish your university as a systems-changing leader and innovator in the field of social innovation and changemaking in higher education, along with over 40 institutions globally in the Changemaker Campus Network. New Changemaker Campuses are recognized through a formal designation ceremony at the Exchange.

INFLUENCE IN HIGHER EDUCATION: Work with the Changemaker Campus Network and Ashoka to redefine the role of higher education and the university as major drivers of social impact. For example, potential initiatives include influencing admissions, accreditation and rankings, and researching and measuring the impact of social innovation education.

PROMOTION AS A THOUGHT LEADER: Be promoted as a thought leader in the field of social innovation and changemaking in higher education through writing and speaking opportunities, as well as through promotion at the Exchange, the premier global convening of over 650 social innovation educators from 150 institutions across 40 countries.

PEER LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES: Learn from other innovative leaders in higher education at the annual Change Leader Retreat, on Site Visits, or as a Selection Panelist for Candidate Campuses. Collaborate on social innovation and changemaking projects, classes, white papers, and more.

PARTNERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES: Engage in special partnership opportunities such as collaborations with the Ashoka network, including over 3,300 Ashoka Fellows working in over 90 countries, unique funding opportunities, and special consideration for Ashoka staff and internship positions.

“Today’s cohort of students is as socially engaged and ready to get to work as any in a generation. Unfortunately, this remarkable group of young people is about to walk into a job market as dismal as any in three generations. As educators we have an over-riding responsibility right now–truly more than ever–to prepare our students to create their own opportunities; to build their own future; to be leaders in a changing world. The Ashoka Changemaker Campus initiative has provided me and my student and faculty teammates with an exceptional opportunity to work toward delivering on that responsibility.”

Philip Auerswald, Founder, Innovations Journal & Professor, George Mason University