Smart List: 26 HigherEd Innovators

There are a number of challenges facing higher education today—from rising tuition costs negatively affecting college access to curriculum not keeping up with the shifting demands of the new, technology-driven economy.

Today, we’re taking time to recognize organizations innovating higher education to instill it with renewed energy and more timely programs.



Low-Cost & Competency-Based

Program Management

  • Guild Education: Customizing degree pathways for working adults
  • Pearson Embanet: Pearson’s online and low-cost gen-ed solution 
  • 2U: Supporting innovative brand name graduate programs
  • Bisk: Taking higher education online
  • Noodle Partners: Helping universities create innovative programs

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We’re sure we missed a number of organizations doing great work–who would you add? Share in the comments section below, and don’t forget to check out our other recent Smart Lists at our Smart List Series Page.

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1 Comment

Shyam Pawar

I would add Amazon Web Services or AWS Cloud, they are helping many EdTechs like Coursera, EdX, Civitas transform Education and are helping Higher Education gain access to affordable computing thus accelerating innovation in research.

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