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) and learn 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. 


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. One scholarship is available for each cohort.   Applicants will interview with Switchboard before enrollment.  Contact Chelsea Haring, our Director of Partnerships for more information: chelsea@switchboardhq.com.

Meet the Faculty

Learn more about the Innovation Fellows faculty.


Winter cohort: January through December, 2018 (Application deadline: January 6) 
Summer cohort: June 2018 through May 2019 (Application deadline: May 1)

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)

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