Next Generation Learning Challenges

Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) accelerates educational innovation through applied technology to dramatically improve college readiness and completion in the United States.

NGLC is working to reinvent education: exploring new models, technologies, and pathways to student success.

Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) accelerates educational innovation through applied technology to dramatically improve college readiness and completion in the United States. An initiative of EDUCAUSE, NGLC is guided by the belief that providing investment capital to expand the use of proven and emerging learning technologies, collecting and sharing evidence of what works, and fostering a community of innovators and adopters will result in a robust pool of solutions and greater institutional adoption which, in turn, will dramatically improve the quality of learning experiences in the United States.


  • Grants: NGLC has provided grant funding to support tech innovation and new breakthrough models in higher education and K-12. Grant opportunities in higher education are now provided and supported directly by EDUCAUSE. See the current EDUCAUSE grant program, Integrated Planning and Advising for Student Success (iPASS). Learn about prior higher ed grants and all K-12 grant programs at
  • Breakthrough Models Incubator: This three-phase program advances competency-based education (CBE) models by supporting institutions through a structured, co-created exploration and design process. The final cohort of the grant-funded incubator is currently in its third phase of the program.
  • Breakthrough Models Academy: This former program of the EDUCAUSE Institute prepared emerging leaders to catalyze change by providing opportunities to challenge traditional thinking and design next generation learning models. The Academy involved a residential program, team design challenge, and presentation of selected designs at the ELI Annual Meeting



NGLC has received financial support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, and the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation.

Founding Partners

League Logo The League for Innovation in the Community College

CCSSO LogoThe Council of Chief State School Officers

iNACOL LogoThe International Association for K-12 Online Learning


Gates Logo The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


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NGLC National Advisory Panel

The panel consists of technology visionaries, educators, and innovators who provide guidance on strategic directions.

  • Greg Gunn, City Light Capital
  • Rick Hess, American Enterprise Institute
  • Freeman Hrabowski, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • Joi Ito, MIT Media Lab
  • Josh Lewis, Salmon River Capital
  • Bror Saxberg, Kaplan, Inc.
  • Louis Soares, Center for American Progress
  • David Steiner, Hunter College
  • Jerry Sue Thornton, Cuyahoga Community College
  • Belle Wheelan, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • David Wiley, Brigham Young University
  • Bob Wise, Alliance for Excellent Education