The Education Collaborative is a network of higher education institutions that are uncompromising in achieving excellence in teaching and learning, research, innovation, and quality student outcomes in Africa.
“The ability to confront complex problems, and to design solutions...
Our Ethics and Leadership Communities of Practice (CoP) microgrant...
Transformation in African higher-ed requires a collaborative effort....
Through an affiliation of institutions across Sub-Saharan Africa,
we will transform over 1.1million students to be ethical, entrepreneurial leaders who create jobs, transform industries and lead economies, by 2030.
The Education Collaborative Initiative views impact along a spectrum with different levels that are not hierarchical, but instead show depth and breadth of impact. Our impact model is based on Marina Kim’s article on Rethinking the Impact Spectrum, and as adopted by the Ashoka U network. Impact is viewed along four levels.
- Institution’s academic, non-academic, leadership, and management structures are optimized to provide the best possible student outcomes for its students
- Engaged institution focuses on themselves. The institution identifies areas not maximized for impact and works on the structures, processes, and culture, needed to improve and maximize the outcomes for students. Sets up to expand impact beyond own campus.
Scaled Direct Service
- Institution engages an efficient structure and process to share key models and learnings with peers in its region. Impacts others beyond its internal campus and stakeholders.
- Engaged as a mentor and supports peers, either at the unit level, or at the institutional level through sharing learning. The institution identifies key partnerships in the community, industry, regulators, and funders, and explores network to maximize outcome of partnerships.
- Regional network impact: Institution maintains influence among collective, supporting its mentees to mentor others and actively contributing to the efficient development and administration of systems for learning and tracking of impact in region.
- Institution’s engagement is toward the collective and developing inter-institution accountability and support regionally. Identifies stakeholders in policy, regulation, and funding with interests in region, and nurtures those relationships.
- Institution contributes to strengthening the connection to HE stakeholders in the region, and leads regional collective to persistently maintain quality and influence regulation and policy
Our Target Areas for Transformation
We support the development of exemplar institutions to achieve successful models and relevant accountability systems. Through partnerships and other engagements, we create an ecosystem for these institutions to mentor each other and lead regulatory and policy reform from the inside out. Together in the network, we are working to achieve extraordinary education outcomes through focus on these Transformation Goals:
Ethics & Leadership Development
Through engagement in network programs, member institutions maintain a system and culture that empowers individuals and community for ethical action, empathy, teamwork, leadership and influence.
Training Students with Relevant Career Readiness
Through engagement in network programs, member institutions are well-equipped to train and provide all students with the competencies, knowledge and resources to prepare graduates for a smooth transition into successful careers, entrepreneurship, and graduate school.
Enabling an Active Entrepreneurship Ecosystem
Member institutions have the tools and know-how to create and sustain a range of institutional and infrastructural support systems that nurture creative thinking and entrepreneurial spirit in students to solve problems.
An Active System for Accountability and Sustainability
Institutions will be innovative and strategic in the collection and use of relevant data to show impact to both external and internal stakeholders; and have a clear path to sustainable operations.
Developing Inclusive and Diverse HEIs
Member institutions extend their diversity and inclusion agenda to include a commitment to gender diversity, disability inclusion, multiculturalism, and equal opportunities for all regardless of economic background.
Virtual and in-person Platforms for sharing innovations and strategies among higher-ed stakeholders in Africa