Innovations 2020 Presidents Track Agenda

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Presidents Track (Invitation Only)

Innovation, Thought Leadership, and Design Thinking

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Sunday, March 1, 2020

7:30 - 8:30 AM
Breakfast (included)

8:30 - 8:45 AM
Rufus Glasper, President and CEO, League for Innovation in the Community College

8:45 - 9:30 AM
Design Innovation in Action: Community College Spotlight
Kathleen deLaski, Founder and President, Education Design Lab (moderator); Anne Kress, President, Northern Virginia Community College; Lee Lambert, Chancellor, Pima Community College; Chris Lowery, Senior Vice President, Workforce and Careers, Ivy Tech Community College
In a panel moderated by Education Design Lab, three community college presidents discuss their experiences in developing innovation capacity at their institutions and designing new student-centered models to improve learner outcomes and contribute to regional economic growth. Panelists share insights about the mindsets, frameworks, and practices necessary to transform institutional culture in a dynamic and complex education landscape while remaining nimble and adaptive to changing workforce needs. Hear stories and lessons from the front lines of their efforts to help drive local economic development through education-to-workforce innovations. This session, including a video highlighting Education Design Lab’s work with community colleges to develop innovation capacity, frames the focus of the following design thinking session.

9:30 - 10:00 AM

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Design-Driven Innovation
Kathleen deLaski, Founder and President; Marta Urquilla, Chief Program Officer; Brian LeDuc, Education Designer, Education Design Lab
Increasingly, forward-thinking community colleges are serving as local engines of innovation and economic development while serving the unique needs of their communities. These institutions are sensitive to the dynamic needs of local and regional employers and proactively create pathways for populations of learners eager to reskill for a career change, upskill for career resilience, or outskill toward their next opportunity.

In this interactive, applied design session built specifically for community college presidents, the presenter shares examples and tools to assist institutions considering their unique value proposition in the community and how presidents identify and enlist key community partners to collectively advance regional economic growth. The session introduces participants to design tools, case studies, and national employment data that they can integrate into their strategies to lead institutional and community change efforts. After the session, leaders receive ongoing access to Education Design Lab’s design innovation toolkit, including projects, insights, and templates to help leaders catalyze institutional innovation capacity and guide their organizations to effect and sustain change.


  • Learn about trends of the emerging market, the future of higher education, and responsive models to meet the needs of the Learner Revolution.
  • Assess institutional readiness to adapt and evolve in the Learner Revolution.
  • Identify data-driven opportunities to design new education pathways that can help boost and support regional economic growth.
  • Explore design methodologies and tools as ways to adapt to the emerging future of higher education and work.

12:00 - 1:00 PM
Lunch (included)

1:00 - 2:00 PM
Enlisting Faculty to Build Pathways That Reflect Students’ Priorities
Christina Hubbard, Senior Director, Strategic Research, EAB
Today’s learners often have previous work experience, continue to work while attending college, and are looking to use education to fulfill their future career aspirations. Yet, even our latest innovations, such as guided pathways, lack direct connections to these goals, which can leave college leaders frustrated as students prioritize other responsibilities ahead of their education. This session highlights the latest research from the League for Innovation on how to engage faculty in the completion movement on your campus and lead best-practices for building systems that address students' career motivations, including career advising, aligning curricula to workplace skills, and adapting college practices to serve today's learners.

2:00 - 3:30 PM
Innovations in Education Finance: Should Income Share Agreements Be a Part of the Mix for Community Colleges?
John L. Culhane, Jr., Partner, Ballard Spahr LLP; Kate Cody, Vice President, Program Design and Client Implementation, Vemo Education
With an income share agreement (ISA), a student receives education funding and in return agrees to pay back a fixed percentage of his or her post-education salary (and sometimes other income as well) over a set number of years. Students may pursue any employment or postgraduate education they would like, and their payment amount and terms may vary based on their salaries or income. By the end of an ISA term, a student may have repaid less or more than the amount of funds received, with payments typically subject to a minimum salary level, a maximum number of payments, a maximum repayment cap, and a maximum repayment term. Topics include how ISAs compare to other education finance offerings, the legal and regulatory landscape for ISAs, and the pluses and minuses of ISAs for community colleges.

3:30 - 3:45 PM
Closing Remarks: Impressions From the Day
The closing session includes reflection on the day’s program as well as the future of innovation in community colleges.

The Innovations Conference Opening General Session begins at 4:00 PM.

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