What is the College Innovation Network?

The College Innovation Network (CIN) is a grant-funded initiative led by WGU Labs, Western Governors University’s research & development hub, that connects higher education institutions with EdTech solutions to boost student belonging, facilitate engagement, and promote equity. CIN engages with our member institutions across three primary engagement pathways:

EdTech Cycle of Support

Our EdTech Cycle of Support is our core service offering to institutions that involves identifying needs of students, implementing EdTech solutions to address those needs, and then rigorously evaluating the impact of those solutions on various student outcomes.

EdTech Survey Series

Our EdTech Survey Series is a twice-annual network-wide survey study that leverages the diversity of our member institutions to generate knowledge and actionable insights about student and faculty experiences with EdTech, learning, and teaching.

Community of Practice

Our Community of Practice is a manifestation of the CIN members dedicated to learning from like-minded peers. CIN hosts regular network events throughout the year, including an on-site annual convening, to fulfill our vision of collaborative innovation in higher education.

Join us as we build engaged learning communities where all students belong.


Colleges and Universities

Our network includes community colleges, online colleges, private and public 4-year universities, and hybrid colleges.

Total Students Served

Our network collectively serves a quarter million students and counting, amplifying the impact of innovation.


Access and Equity

Ensuring all students have equal access to learning opportunities by minimizing the digital divide. Flexible solutions for students with a focus on mitigating inequitable access among underrepresented and underserved student populations.

Student Belonging

As institutions continue to execute remote and hybrid learning options, keeping students connected with one another to foster a sense of belonging is our top priority. We’re focusing on leveraging technology to help students get to know and support each other.

Student Engagement

The modern college is increasingly a source for key academic and life supports for students. We’re focused on creating ways to effectively inform students of what is available and then deliver those resources to promote student engagement and success.