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Innovator Network 

A collective of individuals, universities and employers committed to student-centered academic transformation. Curated and hosted by Education Design Lab, the Network fosters thoughtful dialogue, collaboration and solutions to challenges facing higher ed today.

Coach's Corner: An Inside Look Into The Seamless Transfer Pathways Challenge

As the Lab’s seamless transfer pathways coach, Leslie Daugherty speaks one-on-one with students, counselors, advisors, administrators, and more to dig deeper into transfer students stop-out. In this post, she shares some of her experiences and insights as she prepares campuses for four pilot launches by Fall 2018.

6 Design Tools to Help You See the Future of Higher Education

We love going into old style bookshops and seeing “staff recommendations” of favorite books. Expert and personal curation goes a long way in the algorithm age. We thought we‘d carry the tradition over to the Education Design Lab and ask staff members to share their...

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The Evolution and Future of Bootcamp Education Models

The Lab is looking at bootcamps as a potential model for career pathways beyond coding. As the bootcamp movement grows in tech, it presents a range of possibilities for industries like healthcare and hospitality. Iron Yard, a bootcamp based in DC, presents a...

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Where Design Thinking Meets Adaptive Leadership

How I stumbled across "adaptive design" at my Harvard reunion   I have always ignored the class reunion emails from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, which I attended for two of the most eye-opening years of my life.  But this year’s pitch was different.  I saw...

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The Lab is 3 years old! What’s Your Birthday Wish?

When does a start-up stop being one? It’s been three years this week since we created the official non-profit to formalize the work the Education Design Lab had been doing for a year already. It’s a great moment to look back to ask ourselves if we are demonstrating...

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Corporations: The New Colleges?

Will employer-sponsored education benefits become for the 21st century what healthcare benefits were in the 20th century? With employer spending on professional development growing by more than 10% annually since the Great Recession, and rises in tuition rates...

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What is the Innovator Network?

We’re glad you asked. It’s a collective of individuals, universities and employers committed to student-centered academic transformation.

Curated and hosted by Education Design Lab, the Network fosters thoughtful dialogue, collaboration and solutions to challenges facing higher ed today. We hope you’ll join us.

Learn more or…

If you're an innovator...
The Innovator Network is a place for you to form connections with similarly motivated colleagues in higher ed, as well as other higher ed institutions and industry. The Network also serves as a community and sounding board for issues and opportunities that you and your institution face.
If you represent a university...
The Innovator Network serves as a community through which your institution can form meaningful connections with other innovative universities, learn from the experiences and ideas of members and forge connections with employers that might serve your students.
If you're an employer
The Innovator Network is a place through which you can understand trends and connect with partners to find solutions to staffing and hiring needs (workforce pipeline).
If you're an entrepreneur...
The Innovator Network will help you find business opportunities and connections to help you engage, create and improve products around new education models.
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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