“Visualizing the Impact of Significant Increases inPost-Secondary Education”
March 25, 2013 10:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time
InnoCentive and Lumina Foundation Launch Open Innovation Partnership to IncreasePostsecondary Degree Attainment in America
WALTHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--InnoCentive, Inc., the global leader in open innovation, crowdsourcing, and prize
competitions, today announced collaboration withLumina Foundationdesigned to uncover new ways to catalyze systemicchanges in higher education. Working together, the two organizations hope to explore novel approaches so millions of Americanscan access and earn high quality college degrees, certificates and credentials.As part of this collaborative alliance, InnoCentive and Lumina have launched a dedicatedPavilion located on InnoCentive.comwhich serves as the premier online destination for openinnovation Challenges focused on solving some of the most pressing problems affectingpostsecondary attainment in America. By crowdsourcing these education problems to a globalcommunity of more than 285,000 diverse problem solvers, Lumina Foundation seeks toleverage innovative new methods and harness the world’s creative talent to achieve its goal of increasing postsecondary degree attainment in America.“When it comes to education beyond high school, America is now being rapidly outpaced by other countries around the world,”said Jamie Merisotis, president and CEO of Lumina Foundation, the nation’s largest private foundation focused on enrolling andgraduating more students from college. “Our collaboration with InnoCentive is about finding the truly innovative ideas that ourcountry needs to create a more affordable, equitable and accountable higher education system.”Many factors are contributing to the need to increase attainment, including the increasing complexity of society, the growing rolethat information and information technology play in people’s lives, and the fact that people from different countries and cultureslive and work together more than ever. The U.S.—like the rest of the world—is becoming a knowledge society, not just aknowledge economy.Coinciding with the launch of the Lumina Foundation Open Innovation Pavilion, two new Challenges are now posted, each with atotal award value of $10,000. As Ideation Challenges, prizes will be awarded for the best and most innovative solutionsubmission(s) as determined by Lumina Foundation. A third Challenge, with a $100,000 award and launched late last year byLumina, will also be posted to the new Pavilion. Although Lumina’s Challenges focus on education in America, all problem solversfrom around the world are encouraged and eligible to participate and apply their unique perspective:
The “Correlations to Determine the Complete Impact of Post-Secondary Education” Challenge seeks proposals for noveland unexpected correlations between postsecondary education and outcomes with a clear economic impact.
The “Visualizing the Impact of Significant Increases in Post-Secondary Education” Challenge seeks compelling visualpresentations of the impact of significantly increasing post-secondary education by taking advantage of the wealth of information and studies published in this area.
The “Design of Student-centric Websites for Open-Enrollment Colleges and Institutions” Challenge seeks fully codedexamples of a front-end user interface for deployment by community colleges. The key requirement is that the interfaceshould be organized and presented in a way that focuses on meeting the information needs of students, particularly those
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