The Academy for Innovation in
Higher Education Leadership

The Academy, a partnership between Arizona State University and Georgetown University, is a premier training ground for those who aspire to senior leadership positions in higher education. The eight-month, design-based program focuses on bringing ideas to practice, linking theory to relevant applications and scaling innovations in teaching and learning, leadership, finance and technology that can transform higher education institutions today and in the future.
The Education Design Lab is providing the design training and project-based learning components for the curriculum.
Graduation Day for Cohort 1, June, 2015.

The Academy curriculum itself is the result of a Lab design process with Georgetown and Arizona State Universities, initiated by noted higher education author, and Academy founder, Jeff Selingo.

Higher education experts consider what attributes and skills are essential to teach at the academy to build a pipeline of “intrapreneurs” at universities.

Cohort 1

Georgetown University
Clemson University
University of Louisville
The Ohio State University
Point Park University
University of Kansas
Rochester Institute of Technology
University of Pennsylvania
Arizona State University
Oregon State University
Drexel University
Texas A&M International University
University of Maryland, Baltimore
Miami University (Ohio)
University of Tennesse at Knoxville
University of California, Riverside
University of Cincinnati
Georgia State University
Fairfield University
University of Central Florida

Cohort 2

California State University, Northridge
University of Kansas
Georgetown University
University of New England
Case Western Reserve University
University of Pennsylvania
Grand Valley State University
Washington University in St. Louis
Arizona State University
The Ohio State University
University of Central Florida
University of New Mexico
Texas Tech University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Kennesaw State University
Portland State University
St. Bonaventure University
Texas Tech University
Clemson University
Tennessee Technological University
Duke University
The University of Alabama System
Oregon State University
George Washington University
Michelle Batt


Design Challenge Lead

Michelle is a Design Challenge Lead for the Lab’s Badging Challenge. Michelle is also the President of Lead by Experience, offering strategic and tactical consulting to help leadership teams across: business, health care and education improve their customer experience.

Through her coaching, Michelle loves to “gently” break up typical functional silos to stimulate collaboration and steer change management across organizations. She integrates new, cost effective, ways to capture and understand customers’ expectations, wants and needs.

Prior to establishing her own business, Michelle held executive positions in telecommunications at MCI and NII Holdings where she held the position of Senior Director of Customer Experience. Michelle earned a Masters of Arts degree in Education: Curriculum & Instruction from Loyola College in Maryland and completed an Executive Certification in Global Leadership from Georgetown University – the McDonough School of Business.


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Michael Meotti

Higher Ed Fellow

Mike brings extensive experience in higher education policy, innovation and management to Education Design Lab’s work.   Mike has a broad perspective on the challenges facing colleges and universities based on his past leadership positions in state government, nonprofit organizations and higher education systems. He has led transformation initiatives in all of these sectors.

Mike served as Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Higher Education and Executive Vice President and chief operating officer of the Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education. 

Mike was a member of the Executive Committee and Vice Chair of the Federal Relations Committee of the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO).  He led the Connecticut delegation in the National Governors Association Best Practices Academy “Complete to Compete” and in Complete College America.  Michael was also active in the state policy track of Achieving the Dream and the Smarter Balanced Assessment Coalition for the Common Core Standards.  He earned his J.D. and B.S. degrees from Georgetown University.

Prior to his work in higher education, Mike led several nonprofit organizations that provided services addressing the needs of many “first generation” and returning adult students.

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