Our Work

We’re on the ground, applying our research, creating proof points, and supporting institutions as they transform their models to respond to the changing needs of learners and employers.

Design Shorter and Stackable Pathways

We help colleges, universities, and employers design programs for working, rural, first-in-family, and parent learners; “earn + learn” degrees that make school and work compatible; micro-credentials and pathways tied to the needs of local employers that can stack to a full degree.

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Catalyze the Transition to Skills-based Hiring

We are leading pilots with employers, colleges, learners, and workers to unlock and translate degrees into skills; to capture and credential all learning and make it visible to learners and employers. We put a special focus on durable skills, which are the biggest drivers of success and mobility, and the least credentialed.

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Training for Human-centered Design and Change Management

We offer a four-part design process, or targeted projects via immersive sprints and workshops, to train teams on key competencies, such as user-centered research, rapid prototyping, and pilots toward impact. We co-design campus innovation labs, diagnose innovation capacity and readiness, and facilitate change management workshops that equip institutional staff with a human-centered and learner-centered design process.

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Scale Solutions with Equity at the Center

We help move our highest impact pilots to scale and build communities of practice in key areas such as transfer solutions, durable skills credentials, and micro-pathways.

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Thought Leadership

We commit significant resources to the sharing of the Lab’s learnings and insights from a decade of working with institutions and employers.

  • Innovator Network
  • Thought papers
  • Prototype publishing
  • Product laboratory

Since 2013, we’ve been learning from our work with over 1,200 colleges and organizations, and 1,000+ employers to enable innovation and create models that put learners’ needs at the center.

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