Building the Intentional University: Minerva and the Future of Higher Education

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Stephen Michael Kosslyn, Stephen M. Kosslyn, Ben Nelson
MIT Press, Oct 6, 2017 - Education - 431 pages
How to rebuild higher education from the ground up for the twenty-first century.

Higher education is in crisis. It is too expensive, ineffective, and impractical for many of the world's students. But how would you reinvent it for the twenty-first century—how would you build it from the ground up? Many have speculated about changing higher education, but Minerva has actually created a new kind of university program. Its founders raised the funding, assembled the team, devised the curriculum and pedagogy, recruited the students, hired the faculty, and implemented a bold vision of a new and improved higher education. This book explains that vision and how it is being realized.

The Minerva curriculum focuses on “practical knowledge” (knowledge students can use to adapt to a changing world); its pedagogy is based on scientific research on learning; it uses a novel technology platform to deliver small seminars in real time; and it offers a hybrid residential model where students live together, rotating through seven cities around the world. Minerva equips students with the cognitive tools they need to succeed in the world after graduation, building the core competencies of critical thinking, creative thinking, effective communication, and effective interaction. The book offers readers both the story of this grand and sweeping idea and a blueprint for transforming higher education.

 

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Contents

I What We Teach and Why
1
II How We Teach
135
III Creating a New Institution
253
For the Sake of the World
377
Habits of Mind and Foundational Concepts
379
Mission Principles and Practices
389
Editors and Contributors
393
Index
405
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Stephen M. Kosslyn is Founding Dean and Chief Academic Officer of the Minerva Schools at KGI (the Keck Graduate Institute) and John Lindsley Professor of Psychology in Memory of William James, Emeritus, at Harvard University. He is the coauthor of Cognitive Psychology: Mind And Brain and the author of Image and Brain: The Resolution of the Imagery Debate (MIT Press).

Stephen M. Kosslyn is Founding Dean and Chief Academic Officer of the Minerva Schools at KGI (the Keck Graduate Institute) and John Lindsley Professor of Psychology in Memory of William James, Emeritus, at Harvard University. He is the coauthor of Cognitive Psychology: Mind And Brain and the author of Image and Brain: The Resolution of the Imagery Debate (MIT Press).

Ben Nelson is Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Minerva. A visionary with a passion to reinvent higher education, he spent more than ten years at Snapfish, serving five years as CEO.

Bob Kerrey is Executive Chairman of the Minerva Institute for Research and Scholarship, where he advocates for broad reform in higher education. Before joining the Institute, Kerrey was President of The New School. Kerrey served as Governor of Nebraska from 1983 to 1987 and as United States Senator from Nebraska from 1989 to 2001.

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