Uncharted Territory: A Guide to Reimagining Higher Education

Case Study, Press

An exploration of how institutions are charting new paths and designing for the student experience in higher ed.

We feel it too—the future shape of higher ed is uncertain. It’s full of ambiguity, changing constraints, and new student challenges. Yet we can all agree that education is a cornerstone of a thriving society. We’re collectively inspired by a huge opportunity: if we address contemporary needs and design new approaches, higher education can be truly transformational.

This guide is Part Two of the d.school’s Stanford 2025 project—an exploration of the ways institutions have begun to chart new paths through this evolving environment. We’re excited to share what we’ve learned from featured innovators whose work is illuminating new pathways and possibilities for the sector, and most importantly, for students.

Read the Stanford D-School’s the full report here.