The Designers in Residence 2.0 project’s first brief offers three insights into the design choices for the planning process and how program success will be evaluated.
The Education Design Lab’s Designers in Residence 2.0: Accelerating Pathways (DIR 2.0) project only started in June 2023, and by August, we already have three early insights to share.
Higher education leaders from six colleges across the country are wrestling with this 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?
Now through most of 2024, these leaders and their regional stakeholders will co-design accelerated dual enrollment pathways supporting students for whom the traditional pathways are not working.
The project’s first brief offers three insights into the design choices for the planning process and how program success will be evaluated.
Pictured above: The Designers in Residence joined the students and staff of Arlington Career Center for an equity-centered design session in June 2023.
The purpose of this Design Insights Brief is to provide a glimpse into the 18-month journey (June 2023 to November 2024) with the Designers in Residence after a deliberate planning and preparation phase.
We hope these insights — and our future learnings — might help higher ed leaders who are grappling with the same challenges, from improving their dual enrollment partnerships to leading collective impact efforts in their regions.