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Challenge Improving Clarity of College Information Using the “College Scorecard”
Improving Clarity of College Information Using the “College Scorecard”
STATUS: Awarded
Active Solvers: 394
Posted: Aug 02 2013
Challenge ID: 9933172
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This Challenge is to create a mock-up of the user experience for the College Scorecard that allows a user to easily obtain comparable information about colleges and universities that enhances the college choice process and is relevant to a diverse set of students.  Clear presentation and ability for comparison of financial information is a key focus.

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


This Challenge seeks mock-ups for user experience improvements to the College Scorecard (  The current version of the College Scorecard is capable of presenting much information, but feedback from users indicates that it is difficult for a prospective student to evaluate how to use the information in a way that is relevant to their needs.  In particular, financial statistics and financial aid information have been difficult to communicate across a broad spectrum of users seeking college information.

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.

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 submitted a proposal will be notified on the status of their submissions; however, no detailed evaluation of individual submissions will be provided.


About the Seeker

Lumina Foundation, an Indianapolis-based private foundation, is committed to enrolling and graduating more students from college — especially 21st century students: low-income students, students of color, first-generation students and adult learners. Lumina’s goal is to increase the percentage of Americans who hold high-quality degrees and credentials to 60 percent by 2025. One strategy Lumina employs to reach this goal is to foster the design of new models of student financial support. To this end, Lumina believes that new models must make the costs and benefits of college more predictable and transparent.

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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