What’s got big-time VC Benchmark Capital dropping their biggest seed investment to date? Minerva University. You may not have heard of it yet, but it’s possible Minerva will be a household name by 2050. Minerva isn’t out to just flip the classroom, Minerva wants to flip the whole university.
Completely Internet-based, students enroll in a 4-year, rigorous liberal arts program where courses are taught online. Here are other key programs that will make Minerva unique:
1) Admissions is structured so that it won’t be influenced by legacy, country of origin, or socio-economic status
2) Students can “study abroad” all 3 out of 4 years of their program, in fact they are encouraged to. Since all courses are held online, students can reside in different countries each semester that may or may not be associated with their current curriculum
3) The Minerva Project is dedicated to helping its alumni find jobs after they graduate and continue to offer resources for career management and continued education.
In a time where job stability is at an all-time low, alumni networks and professional help from your alma mater is crucial. The Minerva Project is claiming they will be more dedicated to this cause than any other educational institution by actively seeking grants, fellowships, and career opportunities for its students.
Students who are looking to graduate in 2014 or later can find more information here: http://www.minervaproject.com/students.html
What do you think? Will all universities move to internet eventually? Will going to school at one college campus for 4 years become a thing of the past? Let us know what you think in the comments!