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:
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 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:
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.