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Innovation in Higher Education

Assisting 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 encourage and enable 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 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 with these suggestions, and with examples of innovation at your institution.

Podcasts on Innovation

Listen as higher education leaders discuss cultivating innovation on campus.

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

Leading Innovation: To a Degree podcast, featuring AGB President Richard D. Legon



Innovation Checklist for Boards

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



Report on Innovation

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



Case Studies on Innovation

Explore innovation at a variety of colleges and universities.

Agnes Scott College

Drexel University

Georgia State University

Simmons College

Unity College

University System of Maryland



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