Predict the Future by Inventing It: Accelerating the Pace of Change in Academia

Wednesday, January 25, 7:00–8:30 p.m.

Innovation, entrepreneurship, design thinking, creativity—these phrases are thrown around increasingly within academic circles. But what do they really mean, and why are they important for today’s generation of students?

In a time of rapid change and ambiguity, higher education needs to equip learners with the skills and mindsets to tackle daunting challenges. Participants will explore these skills and mindsets, as well as teaching tools developed and used at Stanford University, alongside partner schools from the University Innovation Fellows network.

This interactive talk will set the stage for active engagement throughout the Annual Meeting.


openingnight.jpgLeticia Britos Cavagnaro and Humera Fasihuddin—Co-Directors of the University Innovation Fellows Program at Stanford University’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (

The University Innovation Fellows program empowers student leaders to become agents of change at their home institutions, helping their peers build creative confidence and develop an innovative and entrepreneurial mindset. University Innovation Fellows serve as advocates for lasting institutional change with academic leaders and represent the student voice in the national conversation about the future of education.

Leticia Britos Cavagnaro and Humera Fasihuddin are authors of “A Moonshot Approach to Change in Higher Education: Creativity, Innovation, and the Redesign of Academia” in the spring 2016 issue of AAC&U’s journal, Liberal EducationThe full article is available online.


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