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 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

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

Behind the Scenes: 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.

This event has ended.

Ryan Stowers

Charles Koch Foundation, Moderator

Sarah Saxton-Frump


Steve Lee

SkillUp Coalition

November 17 from 2pm – 3:30pm EDT

Preparing for the Next Gen Higher Ed Ecosystem

The fiscal, demographic, and preferential realities on the near horizon for higher education call for greater differentiation with the development of distinctive and individualized pathways and services for learners throughout their lifetime.

Colleges and universities as well as other learner providers need to step away from the herd in meaningful ways to build this new ecosystem for learning. In this webcast, we’ll dive into what that ecosystem could look like, what’s needed to get there, and hear from entrepreneurial leaders in higher education that have already begun building it. 

In this free virtual event, part of the “NEXT Office Hour” series moderated by author and journalist Jeff Selingo, our panel of experts will examine:

  • What individualized pathways and institutional models might offer a more diverse set of options for learners? 
  • How can institutions and learning providers shift their mindset, culture, and processes to become more entrepreneurial and plan for new models?
  • What specific strategies and tools can entrepreneurial leaders use to build the next generation higher ed ecosystem?
  • Why do we need a more dynamic ecosystem and new models vs marginal improvements to existing systems?

Charles Isbell

Dean, College of Computing, Georgia Tech

Bridget Burns

Executive Director, University Innovation Alliance

Ben Nelson

Founder and CEO, Minerva Project

Marni Baker Stein

Provost and Chief Academic Officer, Western Governors University

Jeff Selingo, Moderator

Author, Higher Ed Strategist

Featuring an interstitial interview segment with

Ryan Stowers

Executive Director, Charles Koch Foundation


Unlocking Potential: Operationalizing a new era of individualized education

What if every individual could push the boundaries of their potential?

The purpose of education is to empower learners to discover their aptitudes and interests, develop skills, and then deploy that knowledge to benefit themselves and others. Yet our current top-down, one-size-fits-all system fails to do that for so many Americans. We believe there is a better way to empower all learners through solutions driven from the bottom up by innovative education leaders.

Join us for a two-part event that will explore the gaps and obstacles to achieving more learner-centric education and workshop new solutions and how to bring them to life.

Event Schedule

  • 1:00 – 1:25 pm Keynote Conversation featuring Todd Rose and Ryan Stowers
  • 1:25 – 1:45 pm Education Leaders Panel: Learner Voice in Action
  • 1:45 – 2:00 pm Funder Panel: Bringing New Solutions to Life through Partnership
  • 2:00 – 3:00 pm Interactive Breakout Rooms (optional)

Ryan Stowers

Executive Director, Charles Koch Foundation

Todd Rose

Co-founder and President, Populace and Author, Collective Illusions, The End of Average, and Dark Horse

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Helping all people unlock their potential.

We believe that every individual is unique and has potential to contribute to society.

The purpose of education is to unlock that potential by helping learners discover their aptitudes and interests, develop skills, and then deploy that knowledge to benefit themselves and others. Education should inspire curiosity, creativity, and the desire to contribute. 

The Charles Koch Foundation supports educational opportunities that respect the dignity of all learners, foster a diversity of approaches, and are open to the free flow of ideas and innovation.