COVID-19 has made it clear to higher education institutions that it's time to take an innovative approach to the way things have always been done. But in the midst of fluctuating infection rates, campus closures and a shift to virtual deployment, it's not always been clear where they should start — and there's clearly no shortage of areas ripe for innovation.

For many institutions, the logical path forward is a return to the central mission of higher education: supporting student success. It's by looking at the new higher education experience from the perspective of a student, and identifying the most important milestones for change.

"Getting the tools and platforms and experiences right is complex, especially when many institutions have legacy environments," said Wendy Colby, CEO of AccelerEd, an education technology and services company focused on higher education. "It requires a real shift in the way we design experiences and how we iterate forward from current state. The good news is there are many models to draw from and an incredible amount of innovation already taking place."

Here are three sources of innovation institutions can pursue based on the most important stakeholders in higher education — students.

  1. Student access to content
  2. Student access to faculty
  3. Student access to collaboration and connection

Read the full article about student innovation at Higher Education News.