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Apply by March 17: Education Design Lab seeks higher ed leaders who want to transform learner futures through Designers in Residence program

A cohort of up to 11 senior higher education leaders will work with the Lab virtually for 18 months after an in-person, kick-off event in Washington, D.C.
Applications are due by March 17, 2023.

The Education Design Lab, a national nonprofit that designs, implements, and scales new learning models for higher education and the future of work, is now seeking applicants for the second cohort of its Designers in Residence (DIR) program.

Why it matters

Designers in Residence 2.0: Accelerating Pathways is an opportunity for senior postsecondary leaders to build their capacity to serve as regional transformation agents to align K-12, postsecondary, and workforce ecosystems. The Lab will support these leaders in the establishment of teams representing all regional stakeholders, who will help test and evaluate ecosystem tools.

The design question

How might we strengthen our leadership role to better drive regional ecosystem alignment for Black, Latino, and students from low-income backgrounds to earn an associate degree one year from high school graduation?

The timeline

Designers in Residence will kick off by meeting in person in Washington, D.C., on June 6 and 7, 2023, followed by monthly (virtual) design sessions and regular updates with the Lab team and a DIR Cohort I mentor over an 18-month period between June 2023 and November 2024.

Who’s eligible to apply?

The Lab is seeking senior higher education leaders from colleges that demonstrate:

  • Commitment to racial equity.
  • Implemented Guided Pathways and are committed to four specific guiding principles, which are explained in the program overview.
  • Commitment to expanding dual-enrollment accelerated pathways.
  • Strong partnerships with K-12 and workforce.
Benefits to the Designer in Residence
  • Learn equity- and human-centered design.
  • Build capacity to serve as a regional transformation agent.
  • Understand how to utilize regional ecosystem tools.
  • Connect with and learn alongside peer Designers in Residence.
Benefits to institutions
  • Develop a senior leader to serve as a regional transformation agent.
  • Bring equity- and human-centered design to your institution.
  • Build a sustainable regional ecosystem to strengthen the K-12-to-college-to-career pathway.
  • Institutions receive a grant of up to $75,000.
How to apply

Applications are due by March 17, 2023. Apply here.

Nominations were accepted until Feb. 24, 2023.

You do not have to be nominated in order to apply!

Go deeper

Learn more about the program and applicant criteria on the DIR website.

Download + print the program overview (PDF).

Dr. Jessica Lauritsen, Designers in Residence program lead: Why I’m driven to design accessible, accelerated + affordable pathways with more learners


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