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The Innovative Institution:

A Proven System to Cultivate and Sustain Innovation at your Institution

Green Belt Certificate Program

Most community colleges have pockets of innovation that create new products or services to address customer needs. However, without a proven, replicable framework, the chances of sustained innovation at your institution are low. This certification workshop introduces you and your team to an innovation system that uniquely addresses the needs and challenges of higher education and will build institutional capacity to spark and diffuse innovation throughout your institution. Throughout the program, you will learn how to master the art and science of innovation to drive new ideas and initiatives within your institution. In addition, you will complete a series of activities to apply a proven, replicable framework to create, iterate and implement your most innovative ideas. This framework and its supporting processes will help your team engineer innovation that impacts all aspects of your institution.

Who Should Register?

We invite teams of three from an institutional district or campus; teams can be at the beginning stages or experienced at sparking innovation at and diffusing innovation throughout the institution. We also encourage those who have attended HEI’s President as Entrepreneur or Administrator as Entrepreneur Institutes.

Available Program Dates and Times

Jan 23 – Mar 5, TUES  1-3 pm EST

Jun 3 – Jul 22, MON 1-3 pm EST

Sep 16 – Nov 4, TUES 3-5 pm EST

How It Works

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Registration Fee for the Virtual Program

Register now for one of the options listed below.

For higher education institutions, $6,000 per three-member team

For institutions who have participated in previous HEI institutes, $5,400 per three-member team

For higher education individuals, $2,150 per person.

Team members may be added for a separate registration fee, as space allows.

On-site Workshop Fee

As an alternative to the virtual program, institutions may request an on-site workshop. The fee for a 2 ½ day on-site workshop is $24,200 for up to 12 team members. This fee does not include consultant travel which will be
charged directly to the institution.

To Register and For Questions
Please contact Mary Darden at or (254) 733-5388.

Team Outcomes:

  • Prioritize current institutional challenges and opportunities based on data trends.

  • Create a strategy canvas for prioritized challenges, identifying why solutions are needed, explaining why this is worthy of employee’s time and energy, and defining strategic and tactical constraints.

  • Mine stimuli to generate innovative ideas that address the challenges.

  • Develop best ideas into concepts by identifying the stakeholder problem, benefit promise, and proof for implementation.

  • Discover and address the death threats associated with the concept through rapid research cycles.

  • Plan for the execution of the concept/project and for leading employees through project implementation.

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