A culture of innovation enables organizations to remain forward-thinking, nimble, and adaptable to social and technological change. When people from diverse backgrounds and experiences are empowered to exchange ideas and collaboratively problem-solve, innovation grows, creativity sparks and institutional and personal goals are achieved. Collaboration between professional and liberal arts traditions cultivates excellence. Innovation is a central value of Ithaca College. It is expressed in its focus on not just classroom learning, but practice: opportunities for experiential learning like internships, civic engagement, and real-world problem-solving.