Ashoka U

About Ashoka U

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Ashoka U is working at an institutional level to make a difference in the education of millions of students, building on Ashoka’s vision for a world where Everyone is a Changemaker. We collaborate with colleges and universities to break down barriers to institutional change and foster a campus-wide culture of social innovation.

Ashoka U’s global network of 150 colleges and universities is advancing an education that develops interdisciplinary, entrepreneurial, and solutions-oriented skills. Ashoka U helps break down barriers to institutional change and fosters a culture of social innovation in higher education.

Ashoka U offers three distinct engagement opportunities for colleges and universities:

Ashoka U’s flagship program, the Changemaker Campus designation, recognizes colleges and universities that have embedded social innovation as a core value through a rigorous one- to two-year selection process. This Changemaker Campus consortium is a dynamic, global network of leading colleges and universities that commit to advancing social innovation at their campus and beyond. Learn more about Changemaker Campuses here

The Commons facilitates cohorts of institutions that work together on specific building blocks of social innovation education, with the guidance of an experienced coach over a period of three months. Learn more about the Ashoka U Commons here

The Exchange is an annual gathering that brings together more than 700 higher education stakeholders that represent more than 150 colleges and universities around the world to collectively reimagine how colleges and universities can catalyze long-term change and social impact. More information about the Exchange is available here

 

What is Ashoka U’s role?

We offer a field-level perspective on how to build a robust social innovation ecosystem based on Ashoka U’s experience working with hundreds of colleges and universities around the world. We aim to simultaneously evaluate and advance social innovation efforts at each potential Changemaker Campus through conversations, interviews, written analysis, and in-person site visits.

Meet the Changemaker Campuses

Since 2008, Ashoka U has offered the Changemaker Campus designation to leading institutions in social innovation education. The designation recognizes colleges and universities around the world that have embedded social innovation as a core value, and showcases the ways in which they have built supportive environments for changemaking across their institutions. Together, Changemaker Campuses form a global network of leaders and innovators who provide inspiration, connections, and support to broaden the impact of social innovation on a global scale.

What is Ashoka U's role? 

Based on Ashoka U’s experience working with hundreds of colleges and universities around the world, Ashoka U offers a field­level perspective on how to build a robust social innovation ecosystem. Through conversations, interviews, written analysis, and an in ­person Site Visit, Ashoka U aims to simultaneously evaluate and advance social innovation efforts at each potential Changemaker Campus. 

Visit the AshokaU website for more information about Ashoka Changemaker campuses.

How we work with Ashoka U in United States

Ashoka U collaborates with colleges and universities to break down barriers to institutional change and foster a campus-wide culture of social innovation. Ashoka U empowers emerging leaders with the freedom, confidence, and support to address social problems and drive change. The initiative connects these Changemakers with other students, faculty, administrators, and community leaders to share inspiration, ideas, and resources.

Presently, we have 27 Changemaker Campuses in the United States.

Ashoka U also produces The Commons a virtual, semester-long accelerator for cohorts of institutions that are working on specific building blocks of social innovation education. Participants draw on Ashoka U’s experience working with more than 250 higher education institutions globally.

Ashoka U Exchange, a three-day annual event in the United States with hundreds of higher education innovators who are reimagining how to utilize colleges and universities as platforms to catalyze long-term change and social impact. Here, inspiration is sparked and deep connections are formed with peers who share a passion for higher education and who are devoted to advancing key conversations in the field.

The next Exchange is scheduled for March 2-4, 2017 and will be hosted by Miami Dade College in Miami, Florida.