Individualized Pathways in Postsecondary Education Series

The purpose of education is to empower learners to discover, develop and deploy their unique gifts and aptitudes so they can succeed, and benefit themselves and others.

However, millions of learners never have that experience because of a top-down approach to education. We believe there is a better way that can be driven from the bottom-up to empower all learners. 

The Charles Koch Foundation is proud to host a series of virtual events to showcase some of the country’s leading social entrepreneurs who are working to help transform America’s postsecondary education system. The Charles Koch Foundation invites you to join the conversation and connect with this community to understand how to create and scale transformational learning approaches approaches to meet the needs of every learner.

October 14, 2021

Co-creating Education: Strategies for building programs with learners at the center

Co-Creating Education is an in-depth virtual summit that brings together learners, education leaders, funders, and other stakeholders who are committed to engaging learners’ voices in program design and grantmaking.


Co-Creating Education is  part of the Charles Koch Foundation’s Individualized Pathways in Postsecondary Education Series, a series of four virtual events that showcase some of the country’s leading social entrepreneurs who are working to help transform America’s postsecondary education system.

Industries outside of education make it a priority to engage end users at all stages of the design and implementation lifecycle. Education can do a better job of responding to learner needs, and by doing so, can ensure more balanced outcomes among learner groups.

Attendees will leave this intimate, invite-only session with:

  • Early access to research insights, best practices, and case studies from the Learner Voice initiative funded by the Charles Koch Foundation
  • Learnings from leaders in the field and participation in forward-thinking small group conversations
  • Immersion into a community working to  improve education for everyone by increasing use of Learner Voice methodologies
  • Support and strategies on how to incorporate Learner Voice approaches into their program innovation and grant-making processes

Holly Custard

Deputy Director, Strada Impact Partnerships

Julian Thompson

Director of Strategy, Institute for Capacity Building, UNCF

Jason Levin

Executive Director, WGU Labs

Derrick Anderson

Senior Vice President, Learning & Engagement at ACE

November 3, 2021 from 2:00 pm–3:30 pm EST

Behind the Scenes of Creating & Scaling Individualized Pathways


A majority of Americans believe that higher education needs to do a better job of meeting student needs. A recent survey showed more than 8 in 10 respondents believed colleges were headed in the wrong direction or were not sure what direction they were headed in. The one-size-fits-all approach is no longer sufficient. To truly transform postsecondary education, we need a dynamic landscape of learning options that are highly individualized and allow people to discover who they are. But the process of designing, launching, and scaling new programs in a space dominated by traditional institutions guided by unresponsive systems and policies make it difficult for entrepreneurs working to create those new solutions.

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Join this discussion with innovators across education who will share behind-the-scenes looks at how they created and scaled individualized pathways that better serve today’s learners

Ryan Stowers

Charles Koch Foundation, Moderator

Cheryl Hyman

Arizona State University

Sarah Saxton-Frump


Steve Lee

SkillUp Coalition

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