Tuesday’s Big Idea
The Minerva Project, which aims to provide an Ivy League education for half the price, is being billed as the "first elite American university to be launched in a century." Minerva is also designed with a forward-looking mindset that hopes to "create structures that are in place 100 years from now."
Unlike many other high-tech education ventures, Minerva will offer a broad liberal arts curriculum with an emphasis on seminar-style classes. Freed from geographical restraints, this for-profit university is poised to disrupt traditional brick and mortar institutions in ways that go far beyond MOOCs.
And so the question we pose is twofold: how viable is Minerva and what kind of impact will this disruptive model have for higher education as a whole?