Innovation in Higher Education

AGB assists governing boards and institutional leaders in embracing innovation to meet the opportunities of the 21st century.

A culture of innovation supports bold solutions to the challenges facing colleges and universities today. It welcomes stakeholder engagement, encourages collaborative thinking about opportunities and risks, and rewards creative approaches. AGB believes that governing boards and institutional leaders play a crucial role in fostering a culture of innovation and is committed to exploring the elements that advance innovation in institutions of higher learning.

Building on the AGB Board of Directors’ Statement on Innovation in Higher Education, the association has developed practical resources and case studies to demonstrate how institutions are pursuing innovation across the sector.

We hope these resources prompt new thinking and discussion on a topic of great importance to our colleges and universities, and we welcome your input on content you would like to see in this space. We encourage you to reach out to messages@agb.org with your suggestions, as well as examples of innovation at your institution.

We hope that these resources prompt new thinking and discussion on a topic of great importance to our colleges and universities, and we welcome your input on resources and case studies you would like to see in this space in the future. We encourage you to reach out to messages@agb.org with these suggestions, and with examples of innovation at your institution

Podcasts on Innovation

Higher Education Nation Podcast

Higher Education Nation is AGB’s podcast providing perspective on issues facing the nation’s universities and colleges. Listen to Episode 3: Innovation in Higher Education, featuring Paul LeBlanc and Nancy Zimpher.

Leading Innovation: To a Degree

LeadAGB President Richard D. Legon joins an expert panel for the Leading Innovation: To a Degree podcast, which explores the key elements of institutional innovation and the evolving roles  of governing boards.

Innovation Checklist for Boards

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Use this checklist to reflect on governing board responsibilities related to innovation.

Report on Innovation

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This report shares lessons gleaned from the University of Charleston’s innovative efforts over almost 30 years.

Case Studies on Innovation