Issue 17: Inspiration for Higher Education

Insights & Outlooks

Don Fraser

Don Fraser

Director of Micro-credentialing, Education Design Lab

As Education Designer and the Lab’s Director of 21st Century Skills Micro-credentials, Don connects education institutions with entrepreneurial start-ups and subject matter experts to design new education models for student success, lifelong learning and workforce readiness. Don reimagines
and disrupts education by designing with students, K-16 education and industry leaders, entrepreneurs, and others. Don leads design challenges, design challenge cohorts, and delivers other Lab projects targeting new education models.

Don is a nationally recognized expert in postsecondary planning and college success. He has an acute understanding of the student experience, as well as ways in which schools can develop innovative programs in order to foster student success, especially for those from historically underrepresented populations. He deeply believes in the combination of technology and interpersonal relationships as a means to improve student outcomes.

Prior to his work at the Lab, Don founded CollegeSnapps, a Washington, D.C. based education technology startup company. He also served as the Director of Education for the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), where he created educational opportunities for high school counselors and college admission professionals including Critical Components, NACAC’s first new conference in over 20 years.

Don brings his roots in psychology and school counseling and history of transforming student perspectives and needs into action to the Lab’s design thinking-driven process. Don received his B.A. in Psychology from Boston College and his Master’s of Education in School Psychology from the University of Massachusetts. He makes a point of maintaining his connection to students, through his work directly with students and families on postsecondary planning.

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