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College & University

Higher education institutions and their research labs and programs working on social impact work

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Why are college and universities important?

Colleges and universities are institutions of higher education that provide undergraduate and graduate degrees, as well as various certificate and professional programs.

Colleges and universities play a crucial role in creating an educated society which is critical for the long-term flourishment of the human race and our planet.

Universities play a key role in conducting research that leads to new discoveries and innovations, advancing knowledge in various fields such as science, technology, and medicine. Moreover, colleges and universities are often major economic drivers for the communities in which they reside, bringing in jobs, encouraging entrepreneurship and community development.

How is technology supporting colleges and universities? 

Technology has become an essential tool for colleges and universities in enhancing the learning experience and enabling new areas of research and innovation. Some examples of how tech is supporting these institutions include:

  • Online learning platforms and educational apps that allow students to access course materials and collaborate with peers and professors remotely.
  • Data analytics software that helps teachers track student performance and identify areas for improvement.
  • Cloud computing and storage solutions that enable seamless sharing and collaboration across departments and campuses.
  • Additionally, research labs are using computational methods to increase the scope and quality of research such as: mapping the human genome, using data science to analyze public policy at a granular level across the US, and using satellite data to monitor the environment.

As technology continues to evolve, colleges and universities are finding new and innovative ways to enhance their operations and better serve their students and communities.

On Tech Jobs for Good, we focus on promoting technology roles at colleges and universities that are:

  • Focused on increasing access to high quality academic instruction and improving the quality of teaching and learning on campus
  • Supporting academic research and labs with a clear focus on improving one or more of our twelve social & environmental impact areas.
  • Providing general IT support for academic programs

Looking for college readiness and student support organizations?

While colleges and universities offer many opportunities for students to prepare for their careers and personal growth, we have a separate category of organizations that specifically focus on college readiness and student support.

Especially for low-income and first-generation students, there are a lot of barriers beyond academics that result in students not completing their degrees. These college readiness and student support organizations aim to address these barriers from deciding to attend college to providing the support needed to succeed after being admitted.

College & University Organizations

Center for Social Media and Politics, New York University Logo
Center for Social Media and Politics, New York University

NYU’s Center for Social Media and Politics is an academic research institute dedicated to studying how social media impacts politics, policy, and democracy. Social media has transformed politics around the world and the way we receive and engage with information. NYU’s Center for Social Media and Politics (CSMaP) hosts a global community of scholars to study this impact. Our rigorous, policy-relevant research harnesses social media data to study politics in new ways and explores how social media affects public opinion and political behavior. Through innovative research, teaching, and outreach, CSMaP advances scientific knowledge and informs public policy and discourse in the digital age.
Public Service & Civic Engagement
New York, NY, USA
Outlier Logo

OUTLIER (from the co-founder of MasterClass) has developed the world's best online, university-level courses, taught by some of the most celebrated educators in the world.
Brooklyn, NY, USA
TechShift Logo

TechShift supports student organizations leading initiatives at the intersection of technology and social impact
Partners & Advocates
Stanford, CA, USA
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Harvard Kennedy School

Harvard Kennedy School’s mission is to improve public policy and leadership so people can live in societies that are more safe, free, just, and sustainably prosperous. By combining cutting-edge research, the teaching of outstanding students, and direct interaction with practitioners, we have an impact on solving public problems that no other institution can match.
Global Peace & Safety
Public Service & Civic Engagement
Human Rights & Equality
Cambridge, MA, USA

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Developer for Digital Arts and Humanities
Bard College
Annandale-on-Hudson, NY - $67K - $72K
Public Service & Civic Engagement
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Bard College’s Center for Experimental Humanities ( seeks a creative and versatile software developer to design, build, and support the next generation of applications for pr…

Posted 2 weeks ago
Senior Software Engineer, Backend (Enrollment Domain Systems)
Lanham, MD/Remote (USA) - $120K - $140K

At 2U, we are all in on purpose. We are motivated by our mission – to eliminate the back row in education – and connected by our shared passion to deliver world-class digital education at…

Posted 2 weeks ago
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