The Lab's Innovation Capacity Assessment

How innovative is your college, university, or learning institution?

We believe designing for a future that is equitable starts with understanding the present state. We welcome you to take our innovation quiz as a starting point in understanding what is possible at your institution, where you need to grow, and how you might get there.


    How innovative is your college, university, or learning institution?

    For each of the below statements, select how strongly you agree or disagree with how they align with your place of work. This quiz was designed for colleges and universities, although we welcome others to pressure test their organization against it as well.

    My institution has a designated lead who has accountability for the success of cross-departmental innovation efforts.
    My institution has a clear process for fielding / exploring new ideas.
    Leadership has provided a clear understanding of who we do and do not serve.
    Leadership pushes the organization to look at external forces, such as technological capabilities and changing student and employer needs, as market demands evolve.
    We test programs with students or potential students before launching.
    My institution allocates resources (human, financial, organization, technical) to pilot and test ideas.
    Faculty and staff see new ideas as opportunities to improve impact.
    Faculty and staff seek opportunities to include diverse student voices in designing new programs and services.
    My institution provides recognition for employees to encourage and reward innovation.
    My institution has expertise in using student and employment outcome data to create new models or offerings that meet changing demands.
    Ideas are piloted and tested regularly at my institution. We acknowledge failed experiments and learn from them.
    Employers are considered institutional stakeholders or customers.
    My institution regularly analyzes the data concerning what types of students drop out or stop out and who else we might be serving.
    We have too many new initiatives, so innovation gets a bad name.
    My institution understands the needs, behaviors and motivations of our students

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