MINERVA PROJECT is an accredited university with administrative offices and a dorm in San Francisco, and it plans to open locations in at least six other major world cities!!!
But the key to Minerva, what sets it apart most jarringly from traditional universities, is a proprietary online platform developed to apply pedagogical practices that have been studied and vetted by one of the world’s foremost psychologists, former HARVARD UNIVERSITY Dean STEPHEN MICHAEL KOSSLYN, who joined Minerva in 2012.
One Friday morning in April, ATLANTIC Journalist GRAEME WOOD strapped on a headset, leaned into a microphone, and experienced what had been described as a type of time travel to the future of higher education. He was on the ninth floor of a building in downtown SAN FRANCISCO, CA, in a neighborhood whose streets are heavily populated with winos and vagrants, and whose buildings host hip new businesses, many of them tech start-ups.
In a small room, he was flanked by a publicist and a tech manager from MINERVA PROJECT CEO/Founder BEN NELSON, 39, who aims to replace (or, when he is feeling less aggressive, “reform”) the modern liberal-arts college.
GRAEME WOOD traveled to SAN FRANCISCO, and went back to college to try to answer the questions, IS COLLEGE DOOMED? Is THIS The FUTURE Of COLLEGE?, for the September 2014 issue of THE ATLANTIC.