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Developing the Next Generation of Innovative Higher Education Leaders

The Academy's Goal:

The Breakthrough Models Academy prepares current and emerging leaders ready to catalyze change by providing opportunities to challenge traditional thinking and design next generation learning models.  Designing and accelerating the adoption of those models will require leadership, innovation, and the use of technology. Examples of breakthrough models among NGLC’s grantees include:

The Breakthrough Models Academy 2015 is a collaboration of EDUCAUSE, the League for Innovation in the Community College, and Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC), funded in part by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Strong Candidates:

  • Management experience or completion of management or leadership development (e.g., campus leadership training, professional development offered by EDUCAUSE, or other higher education professional associations, or leadership certifications) or demonstrated leadership in important campus/departmental projects
  • Experience in an appropriate campus department, such as information technology, academic affairs, the library, or student services
  • Ability to navigate and work with diverse stakeholder perspectives
  • Genuine commitment and interest in academic transformation and advancing innovation
  • Willingness and capacity to work hard during the intense face-to-face program and also afterward with their team on their projects


The Residential Program

Participants come together for five busy days of speaker sessions with leaders in the field and working sessions with their design challenge team and mentor coaches. The 2015 program will be in Chicago, IL from July 13-17.

The Coach-Supported Model Design Program

Following the residential program, design challenge teams will meet and create their own version of a 'breakthrough model' for student success that incorporates essential elements and builds on the information shared in the residential program. BMA Model Design Rubric

The Model Design Presentation

The Academy culminates with presentations of selected designs at the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative Annual Meeting. Using a rubric, the Academy participants and a panel of education innovators will score each model plan. Exemplary plans will be showcased at the ELI Annual Meeting and featured on the NGLC and EDUCAUSE websites.

THE 2014 Academy:

  • 40% Private Institutions
  • 60% Public Instituions
  • 28% Two Year Colleges
  • 72% Four Year Colleges
  • Balanced Gender Representation
  • International: Australia and Canada
  • Carnegies Represented: Doctoral, Masters, Liberal Arts and Asosciates Colleges
  • Topics include: business models, student retention/completion, faculty roles/development and competency based education

Deadline for applications: February 18, 2015

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Read about the academy on the NGLC blog

Contact Us

For information about this program, please contact Nancy Millichap, Program Officer, Next Generation Learning Challenges.


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Through engaged participation in this program, you are eligible to earn this digital badge which recognizes your professional accomplishment.

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Badge Information

This badge recognizes the next generation of change agents who will design higher education models that ensure the future of higher education is accessible, relevant, flexible, and sustainable.  These leaders are innovators of current instructional delivery and student support strategies, financial models, operating structures and institutional policies.

Earning this badge requires registration and engaged participation in the three-part Breakthrough Models Academy, including a face-to-face event, follow-up collaboration, and team presentation at the ELI Annual Meeting 2015.

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