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Challenge College Unbound – Lumina Foundation Challenge: Scaling and Sustaining Adult Learning
College Unbound – Lumina Foundation Challenge: Scaling and Sustaining Adult Learning
STATUS: Awarded
Active Solvers: 310
Posted: May 31 2014
Challenge ID: 9933170
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Adult learners are a growing part of the non-traditional student population seeking a college degree. Many of these individuals have significant responsibilities beyond college assignments and they need a flexible learning environment that is emotionally and financially supportive. Equally important to adults is relevant, interest-based curriculum. College Unbound is a high-touch delivery model designed for adults, providing the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. The goal is to create an online innovation with on ground application and support that builds upon the cornerstones of the current curriculum and increases the accessibility and sustainability of the program. 

This is an Ideation Challenge with a guaranteed award for at least one submitted solution. 

We encourage adult learners and institutions to submit a solution drawing upon their own experiences to inform their entries. 

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on July 15, 2014. 

Late submissions will not be considered.


College Unbound helps students of all ages earn an accredited bachelor’s degree that is tailored to their personal interests and needs. Nearly 75% of today’s college students are non-traditional. Unlike students matriculating directly from high school, these people have additional roles and responsibilities that have a direct impact on their time, finances, and flexibility. College Unbound helps these adults to earn degrees through interest-based action research projects in the workplace or in their community. The goal is to create a higher education innovation that integrates the online environment to increase the accessibility and sustainability of the current program. 

This is an Ideation Challenge, which has the following unique features:

  • There is a guaranteed award.  The awards will be paid to the best submission(s) as solely determined by the Seeker. The total payout will be $10,000, with at least one award being no smaller than $5,000 and no award being smaller than $2,000. 
  • The Solvers are not required to transfer exclusive intellectual property rights to the Seeker.  Rather, by submitting a proposal, the Solvers grants to the Seeker a royalty-free, perpetual, and non-exclusive license to use any information included in this proposal, including for promotional purposes.

After the Challenge deadline, the Seeker will complete the review process and make a decision with regards to the Winning Solution(s). All Solvers that submit a proposal will be notified on the status of their submissions; however, no detailed evaluation of individual submissions will be provided.

What is InnoCentive?
InnoCentive is the global innovation marketplace where creative minds solve some of the world's most important problems for cash awards up to $1 million. Commercial, governmental and humanitarian organizations engage with InnoCentive to solve problems that can impact humankind in areas ranging from the environment to medical advancements.

What is an InnoCentive Ideation™ Challenge?

An InnoCentive Ideation™ Challenge is a broad question formulated to obtain access to new ideas, similar to a global brainstorm for producing a breakthrough idea or market survey which may include ideas for a new product line, a new commercial application for a current product, or even a viral marketing idea to recruit new customers. Ideation™ Challenge submissions are typically about two written pages, and Seekers receive a non-exclusive, perpetual license to use all submissions.

In an Ideation™ Challenge, Solvers may:

  • Submit ideas of their own
  • Submit third party information that they have the right to use and further the authority to convey that right and the right to use and develop derivative works to Seekers
  • Submit information considered in the public domain without any limitations on use

Solvers should not reveal any confidential information in their submissions. Often the Ideation™ Challenge will be followed by one or more of the other three Challenge types to further develop the ideas and gain Intellectual Property protection when the concept has been well-defined.

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