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

Stephen M. Kosslyn and Ben Nelson


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 ... More

Keywords: Higher education, Minerva, Curriculum, Pedagogy, Practical knowledge, Scientific research, Critical thinking, Cognitive tools, Creative thinking, Effective communication, Effective interaction

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780262037150
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262037150.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen M. Kosslyn, editor
Minerva Schools at KGI 

Ben Nelson, editor

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1 Why We Need a New Kind of Higher Education

Stephen M. Kosslyn and Ben Nelson

2 Practical Knowledge

Stephen M. Kosslyn

3 Foundations of the Curriculum

Ben Nelson and Stephen M. Kosslyn

5 Multimodal Communications and Effective Communication

Judith C. Brown, Kara Gardner, and Daniel J. Levitin

6 Formal Analyses and Critical Thinking

John Levitt, Richard Holman, Rena Levitt, and Eric Bonabeau

7 Empirical Analyses and Creative Thinking

Megan Gahl and Vicki Chandler

8 Complex Systems and Effective Interaction

James Genone and Ian Van Buskirk

9 A New Look at Majors and Concentrations

Vicki Chandler, Stephen M. Kosslyn, and James Genone

10 Unlearning to Learn

Stephen M. Kosslyn, Robin B. Goldberg, and Teri Cannon

12 Fully Active Learning

Joshua Fost, Rena Levitt, and Stephen M. Kosslyn

13 A New Team-Teaching Approach to Structured Learning

Joshua Fost, Vicki Chandler, Kara Gardner, and Allison Gale

14 Teaching from Lesson Plans

Vicki Chandler, Stephen M. Kosslyn, Richard Holman, and James Genone

15 The Active Learning Forum

Jonathan Katzman, Matt Regan, and Ari Bader-Natal

16 Building Lesson Plans for Twenty-First-Century Active Learning

Ari Bader-Natal, Joshua Fost, and James Genone

17 Assessing Student Learning

Rena Levitt, Ari Bader-Natal, and Vicki Chandler

18 Building a New Brand

Ayo Seligman and Robin B. Goldberg

19 Global Outreach: Communicating a New Vision

Kenn Ross and Robin B. Goldberg

20 An Admissions Process for the Twenty-First Century

Neagheen Homaifar, Ben Nelson, and Stephen M. Kosslyn

23 A Global Community by Design

Z. Mike Wang and Sultanna Krispil

25 The Minerva Professional Development Agency

Robin B. Goldberg and Anne Kauth

Afterword: For the Sake of the World

Ben Nelson, Stephen M. Kosslyn, Jonathan Katzman, Robin B. Goldberg, and Teri Cannon