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Urban Leadership Academy

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Design Thinking for Higher Education Innovation

RedesignThe Higher Ed Redesign Initiative was developed at the jCENTER for Innovative Higher Education in collaboration with theĀ Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC), and theĀ  University of Minnesota's College of Design. Between 2012-2015, the initiative piloted design thinking methodologies to help higher education systems, state governments, and individual colleges and universities develop innovative strategies to cut costs, increase functionality of services, and enhance student experiences.

The initiative consisted of a series of workshops, consultancies, and a year-long associates program that applied design thinking to critical higher education challenges. Today, design thinking workshops, retreats, and training opportunities are ongoing through our partners in the College of Design. Contact the Private College Leadership Network Coordinator to learn more about how design thinking can support your organizational needs.


Weerts, D. J., Rasmussen, C., & Singh, V., (2015). Using design thinking to drive collective impact in higher education. In J. E. Lane (Ed), Higher education reconsidered: Executing change to drive collective impact. SUNY Critical Issues Series, 3, Albany, NY: State University System of New York (SUNY).

Weerts, D. J., Singh V. Horn, A., Taylor, L., (2015, November). Rethinking the research-policy divide: Design thinking for higher education policy innovation. Association for the Study of Higher Education, Policy Pre-Conference Symposium, Denver, Colorado