Cohabitation, academics & industry: Midwestern colleges launch Innovation campuses, public-private collaboration | Change Leadership Watch |

"'Innovation campuses' are springing up everywhere" especially in the Midwest.


...the intentional cohabitation of academics and industry is key to all of them, something university leaders say made the ambitious and expensive projects palatable to legislators and voters even as the economy and higher ed appropriations shrunk.


Here's sampling of what is under contruction, via Inside Higher Ed:


...many [are] in the Midwest and almost all involving fancy new buildings and partnerships between public colleges and private corporations.


Public research universities have long had ties to state industries, and technology transfer is widespread in higher education.

The new innovation campuses include:

  • Kansas State University’s Olathe Innovation Campus, which was funded with a county sales tax and built on land donated by a municipality in the Kansas City suburbs.
  • across the state line sits Missouri Innovation Campus, which is being built by the University of Central Missouri and has the enthusiastic support of Democratic Governor Jay Nixon.
  • Nebraska Innovation Campus is under construction on the former state fairgrounds in Lincoln.
  • One state away is South Dakota State University’s Innovation Campus.
  • In Ohio, there’s Akron Innovation Campus.
  • Even the Aussies are getting in on the fun. The University of Wollongong is home to its own Innovation Campus.


Via Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)