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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 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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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 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.

30 review for Building the Intentional University: Minerva and the Future of Higher Education

  1. 4 out of 5

    Akio Kobayashi

    Must read this book to think of the latest and the future education. Minerva Univ. is far from authentic academic education and I like the authentic one, but we can't ignore Minerva's new approach. This book makes us understand the approach totally. Must read this book to think of the latest and the future education. Minerva Univ. is far from authentic academic education and I like the authentic one, but we can't ignore Minerva's new approach. This book makes us understand the approach totally.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ope Bukola

    In-depth look at a new model for higher education This book is a detailed look at the operations and principles behind the Minerva project. I appreciated the details it goes through in all areas, from curriculum development to accreditation. It also ask a lot of really important questions about the state of higher education today and why it is so costly. what would have made this more interesting from my perspective is to hear from graduates of Minerva and get more of a student perspective on thi In-depth look at a new model for higher education This book is a detailed look at the operations and principles behind the Minerva project. I appreciated the details it goes through in all areas, from curriculum development to accreditation. It also ask a lot of really important questions about the state of higher education today and why it is so costly. what would have made this more interesting from my perspective is to hear from graduates of Minerva and get more of a student perspective on this really unique higher education experiment. I would have also liked to see more discussion of other innovative models and higher ed but that's admittedly out of the scope of this.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Alberto

    Some chapters are great summaries of the pedagogy and US higher ed analysis that are foundational to Minerva, while others do not go in sufficient depth or ground its work in any meaningful research or initiative.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Shauna

    An Innovative Look at Higher Education The team at Minerva paints a radically different, evidence based, and innovative picture of what higher education can be. What I most appreciate is that the authors recognize that this model will have value for future Minerva students and other higher ed institutions while challenging others to find ways to iterate and improve upon what they have done. Ari Betof

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