(June 20, 2018 – Claremont, CA) Claremont Lincoln University (CLU) have been designated as Changemaker Campuses by Ashoka U —for being leaders in social innovation education. Claremont Lincoln University will join the Changemaker Campus consortium—a dynamic, global network of students, faculty and fellows who share inspiration, connections and support.
The network is dedicated to making higher education more accessible and relevant at a time of rising costs, dropping endowment returns and troubling unemployment rates for graduating students among higher education institutions. At the same time, today’s students’ expectations of their educational experiences are changing: 72% percent say that having a job “where I can make a difference” is very important and 65% expect to make a positive social or environmental impact through their work, according to a 2012 Net Impact study conducted by Rutgers University and supported by the MacArthur Foundation.
“The educational goals of students are changing,” said Dr. Emad Rahim, Dean of Social Impact at CLU. “These student demands add a new dimension to the call for innovation in higher education: How can colleges and universities foster the knowledge, skills, and dispositions that equip graduates to address increasingly complex global challenges? Every student should get the chance to acquire the skills necessary to make a difference in the world.”
Over the last five years, 22 colleges and universities have received the special status of a Changemaker Campus—which provides universities with the resources, connection and network to transform their college campus into a social innovation hub.
By 2015, Ashoka U will grow the consortium to 30 diverse institutions—each with unique contributions, and at least 5 outside of the U.S.—demonstrating that a more entrepreneurial, innovative, and world-changing higher education sector is possible.
About Ashoka and Ashoka U
Founded in 1981, Ashoka has identified 3,000 leading social entrepreneurs (Ashoka Fellows) in 70 countries. While we continue to seek and support new social entrepreneurs—individuals with innovative solutions to society’s most pressing social problems—ultimately, Ashoka envisions an Everyone A Changemaker world: a world that responds quickly and effectively to social challenges, and where each individual has the freedom, confidence and societal support to address any social problem and drive change.
Ashoka U – the university division of Ashoka – promotes robust, interdisciplinary approaches to teaching, research, and action in social innovation. Together we ask: How can the university experience become more of a world-changing experience? Ashoka U also hosts The Exchange: the world’s largest convening for social entrepreneurship education, bringing together 600 individuals representing over 100 institutions from 30 countries.