Higher Education Innovation Fellowship
What it is
Join us for a year-long fellowship where you will learn from leaders across disciplines (technology, startups, behavioral economics, user experience design, non-profits, foundations) about how to innovate in higher education.
The program includes six months of curriculum, nine days of innovation workshops in Portland, Oregon, and a six month applied campus innovation project where fellows will put one of their ideas into action with constituents.
Who it's for
This program is designed for ambitious emerging leaders in higher education who want to learn best practices to scale innovation at their institutions. There's no experience level requirement. These fellows are action oriented, collaborative, outcomes driven, innovative, and seek to learn from models and case studies across campuses and industries. With a focus on constituent-facing leaders the fellowship is designed for professionals serving current students, alumni, donors, parents, and friends of their institution.
Meet the current HEIF cohort
Dana Maze Ehrlich
Alumnae Volunteer, Smith College
Program Coordinator, Office of Alumnae Relations, Smith College
Director of Alumni Career Services, Oregon State University Alumni Association
Director of Career Development, Center for Engineering, University of Virginia
Director of Alumni Learning and Career Programs, Pomona College
Fellow and Senior Research Analyst, University Innovation Alliance
Director of Undergraduate Admissions, Concordia University
How it works
We offer two cohorts with up to 12 fellows per session. Fellowship attendance costs $3,500 plus travel and lodging for three visits to Portland. Applicants will interview with Switchboard before enrollment. HEIF has a rolling admissions process. Contact Chelsea Haring, our Director of Partnerships for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Winter cohort: January through December, 2018
Summer cohort: June 2018 through May 2019
Month 1: Virtual Training, Welcome and Program Overview
Month 2: Innovation Workshop (Switchboard HQ, Portland, OR, 3 days)
Month 3: Virtual Training
Month 4: Virtual Training
Month 5: Virtual Training
Month 6: Innovation Workshop (Switchboard HQ, Portland, OR, 3 days)
Month 7: Virtual Training/Project Kickoff
Month 8: Project Implementation—begin monthly project coaching sessions
Month 9: Virtual Group Project Check In
Month 10: Project Individual Coaching Session
Month 11: Project Individual Coaching Session
Month 12: Final Innovation Workshop/Project Presentations (Switchboard HQ, Portland, OR, 3 days)