Smart List: 25 HigherEd Innovators

Getting Smart is acknowledging people and organizations making a difference with the 3rd Annual Smart Lists. During October and November you’ll see about 20 ‘Best of’ lists, not in order, not exhaustive, just people we appreciate doing innovative work.

Today we’re recognizing platforms, programs and organizations leading the effort in making college possible for all students.



  • Minerva: Next-gen university for the world’s brightest students
  • Olin College: A new kind of engineering education
  • Arizona State: The most innovative public university

Low-Cost & Competency-Based

Program Management

  • American Honors: Affordable path to brand name degree for low income students
  • Embanet & Propero: Pearson’s online and low cost gen-ed solution
  • 2U: Supporting innovative brand name graduate programs
  • Bisk: Taking higher education online

Support Orgs

This Smart List was published in partnership with Getting Smart Services. Getting Smart provides advocacy, advisory, consulting and public relations services to turn ideas into impact. We help for-profit and non-profit organizations construct cohesive and forward-thinking strategies for branding, awareness, advancement and communications.

* Learn Capital Partner, # Getting Smart Partner, ** Board member or Advisor

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1 Comment

Joyce Sims

This is absolutely great. I have a daughter at Wake Forest and will definitely inform her of this information.

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