Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) accelerates educational innovation through applied technology to dramatically improve college readiness and completion in the United States. NGLC is guided by the belief that providing investment capital to expand the use of proven and emerging learning technologies, collecting and sharing evidence of what works, and fostering a community of innovators and adopters will result in a robust pool of solutions and greater institutional adoption which, in turn, will dramatically improve the quality of learning experiences in the United States.

Many potentially breakthrough solutions are being developed and tested by educators, institutions, technologists, and entrepreneurs, but too often they operate with little access to each other or to opportunities to disseminate their innovations. Support is needed to refine and rigorously test their solutions, to connect with other like-minded innovators, and to develop strategies to broaden their reach and impact.

The People Behind NGLC

Since its founding in 2010, Next Generation Learning Challenges has grown into a network of over 150 grant recipients: schools, colleges and universities, and teams of innovators, educators, and technology professionals that have received educational grant funding via NGLC. The network also includes a burgeoning group of organizational and philanthropic partners who are actively expanding the adoption of innovations that completely reimagine K-12 and higher education in their regional communities and nationally. The network is supported by a talented and dedicated staff with expertise in promoting innovation design in education, supporting next gen learning practice, and guiding its adoption at scale.

NGLC is an EDUCAUSE initiative and EDUCAUSE holds management and fiduciary responsibility. The EDUCAUSE leadership team sets strategic and long-term goals that guide the day-to-day activities of NGLC. Funding for NGLC has primarily been provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

NGLC was founded in 2010 by EDUCAUSE in partnership with the Council of Chief State School Officer (CCSSO), the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL), the League for Innovation in the Community College, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. NGLC is fortunate to have engaged additional partners and funders to fulfill its mission; a complete list is available on the Partners page.