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June 6-8, 2018

University of Minnesota Rochester


This summit is designed to connect creative educators and researchers seeking to transform higher education through innovations that enhance student learning. Together, we will ask:

  • What works?
  • How do we know?
  • How might we collaborate with one another to advance innovations that make a measurable difference?

Keynotes include:

  • Randall Bass, Vice Provost for Education at Georgetown University
  • Stephen Lehmkuhle, Founding Chancellor of the University of Minnesota Rochester
  • Freeman Hrabowski, President of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County

The Higher Education Innovation Summit: Conversations, Collaboration & Creativity will give you the opportunity to:

  • Explore and share innovations in higher education, collectively considering evidence, emerging best practices and challenges;
  • Promote affordable innovation in higher education by connecting imaginative educators for conversation;
  • Accelerate learning research in higher education through collaboration across campuses and disciplines, producing evidence for innovation. 
  • Build and sustain a culture of creativity and well-being among innovative campus communities. 

Registration = $340

Register for the Higher Education Innovation Summit 2018 here


The University of Minnesota Rochester (UMR) is a new, experimental campus, implementing and investigating innovations in higher education. All faculty focus their primary research on student learning in our interdisciplinary department, the Center for Learning Innovation. UMR is located next to the world renowned Mayo Clinic and has an educational collaboration with Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences. 

Keynote Speakers

Freeman A. Hrabowski, III


Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski, President of UMBC (University of Maryland, Baltimore County) since 1992, is a consultant on science and math education to national agencies, universities, and school systems. He was named by President Obama to chair the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans. He also chaired the National Academies’ committee that produced the report, Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation: America’s Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroads (2011).
Named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by TIME (2012) and one of America’s Best Leaders by U.S. News & World Report (2008), he also received TIAA-CREF’s Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence (2011), the Carnegie Corporation’s Academic Leadership Award (2011), and the Heinz Award (2012) for contributions to improving the “Human Condition.” UMBC has been recognized as a model for inclusive excellence by such publications as U.S. News, which the past eight years has recognized UMBC as a national leader in academic innovation and undergraduate teaching.
(Click HERE for full biography.)

Randy Bass


Randy Bass is Vice Provost for Education and Professor of English at Georgetown University, where he leads the Designing the Future(s) initiative and the Red House incubator for curricular transformation. For 13 years he was the Founding Executive Director of Georgetown’s Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship (CNDLS). He has been working at the intersections of new media technologies and the scholarship of teaching and learning for nearly thirty years, including serving as Director and Principal Investigator of the Visible Knowledge Project, a five-year scholarship of teaching and learning project involving 70 faculty on 21 university and college campuses. From 2003-2009 he was a Consulting Scholar for the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, where he served, in 1998-99, as a Pew Scholar and Carnegie Fellow. In 1999, he won the EDUCAUSE Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Technology and Undergraduate Education. He is the author or editor of numerous books, articles and digital projects, including recently, "Disrupting Ourselves: the Problem of Learning in Higher Education," (EDUCAUSE Review March/April 2012); with Bret Eynon, Open and Integrative: Designing Liberal Education for the New Digital Ecosystem (American Association of Colleges and Universities, 2016); and with Jessie L. Moore, Understanding Writing Transfer: Implications for Transformative Student Learning (Stylus, 2017).

Randy earned his Ph.D. and M.A. from Brown University, and B.A. from Pacific University.

Stephen Lehmkuhle

[Lehmkuhle: pronounced "lem-cool"]


Stephen Lehmkuhle came to the University of Minnesota Rochester (UMR) as the first Chancellor of the University of Minnesota system campus in September, 2007. He retired in August, 2017. Dr. Lehmkuhle came to Rochester from the University of Missouri system, where he served as vice president for academic affairs, the senior vice president for academic affairs, and also served as the interim chancellor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Dr. Lehmkuhle earned his Ph.D. in experimental psychology (cognitive neuroscience) at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. During his career he has held academic positions at the University of Virginia, Brown University, the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and UMR.
During his tenure as Chancellor at UMR, Dr. Lehmkuhle built a campus from scratch mindful that higher education today must prepare students for a new and ever-changing world in a resource-limited environment. He put into place a new administrative structure that established an interactive community among faculty, staff and students, assembled a faculty and staff who were deeply committed to student learning and development, jointly engaged the campus and external partners in the creation of innovative curricular and health science degree programs, launched health-focused, student recruitment and admission strategies centered on student resilience, passion in health, and a sense of belonging, and established a variety of unique partnerships with the private and public sectors to meet the programmatic and infrastructure needs of a new campus.

Schedule at a Glance

Wednesday, June 6th

4:00–7:00 p.m.

      • Registration and Dinner on Your Own

7:00-9:00 p.m.

      • Opening Plenary with Randall Bass, Vice Provost for Education at Georgetown University
      • Welcoming Reception

Thursday, June 7th

7:00–8:30 a.m.

      • Breakfast Buffet and Conversation
      • Dialogue for the Directors of Teaching and Learning Centers

8:45–10:15 a.m.

      • Learning Innovation Research Panels & Dialogue

10:15-10:45 a.m.

      • Coffee, Tea and Conversation

10:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

      • Campus Innovation Team Presentations & Dialogue

12:15–1:45 p.m.

      • Lunch, Conversation and Featured Innovation Inspiration Presenter Stephen Lehmkuhle, Founding Chancellor of one of the newest U.S. public universities

2:00–3:30 p.m.

      • Innovation Inspiration

3:30-5:00 p.m.

      • Learning Innovation Research Poster Browsing and Conversation

5:00-7:00 p.m.

      • Thursdays on First (Art and Food Street Fair); Dinner on Your Own

7:15-9:00 p.m.

      • Trolley Tour of Rochester

Friday, June 8th

7:30–9:00 a.m.

      • Breakfast Buffet

9:15–10:15 a.m.

      • Final Plenary, Freeman Hrabowski, President of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County

10:15–10:45 a.m.

      • Coffee, Tea, Conversation and Book Signing

10:45–12:15 p.m.

      • Featured and Concurrent Sessions

12:00–2:00 p.m.

      • Lunch and Speed Scholarship Session - A creative conversation format to connect potential research collaborations

2:00-2:30 p.m.

      • Closing Connection: Synergies and Next Steps

Call for Proposals

call for proposal details

Proposal submission deadline is January 1, 2018

Proposal acceptance notification will be February 14, 2018


Conference Location

The DoubleTree by Hilton Downtown Rochester
Address: 150 S Broadway, Rochester, MN 55904

This contemporary hotel on US Highway 63 in downtown Rochester is connected to the University of Minnesota Rochester campus by skyway and is two blocks from the Mayo Clinic and Mayo Civic Center. All rooms offer modern decor and custom-designed beds, flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi.

Room Rates:
$159.00 single/double occupancy per night
Rates are subject to applicable state and local taxes.
Please reserve early as there are a limited number of rooms available for this conference. The hotel has a simple 24-hour cancellation period prior to the event. Check in time is 3:00 p.m and check-out will be 12:00 p.m.
You may reserve a room online or call (507) 281-8000 and ask for a room in the "UMR Summit" block.

See a full listing of area hotels.


Air Travel

Rochester International Airport



Taxi and Shuttle services are available to meet all incoming flights at RST.


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