KGI to Partner with Minerva Project to Launch the Minerva Schools at KGI
Collaboration will offer exceptional learning experience for the brightest and most motivated students from around the world and give KGI access to highly innovative new learning platform
Keck Graduate Institute has joined with San Francisco-based Minerva Project to launch the Minerva Schools at KGI, with the first class matriculating in the fall of 2015. Students participating in the Minerva Schools' unique undergraduate program will live together in residence halls in major cosmopolitan cities throughout the world and take classes in intensive online seminars using a highly innovative video learning platform. The schools will complement KGI's current graduate-level offerings, expanding its portfolio and providing opportunities for student, faculty and administrative collaboration. The KGI-Minerva relationship and new programs are pending WASC approval.
"Educational models that improve upon the best programs currently available don't come along that often," said KGI President Sheldon Schuster. "We believe that Minerva Project is such a model, and, more importantly, we believe that its mission fits in perfectly with KGI's commitment to challenge higher education conventions and to foster innovation, active learning, and entrepreneurship. We have no doubt that the collaboration between KGI and Minerva will bring many benefits to our students and to the Institute as whole."
The KGI Board of Trustees and KGI Faculty voted to approve the partnership with Minerva, understanding that it would help both institutions to achieve their stated missions. The two institutions will work together to refine and improve strategies for student learning at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, to expand the team-based learning model, to increase students' global competency, and to further their shared interdisciplinary approach to academics.
Founded by CEO Ben Nelson in 2011, Minerva will embody the best traditions of a research-based university education while leveraging cutting-edge technologies and harvesting decades of research on student learning and success. Like KGI's graduate programs, Minerva will help high-performing students become mature, confident individuals and put them on a path to meaningful careers and fulfilling lives. The highly selective undergraduate program will offer students from around the world the opportunity to learn from accomplished faculty versed in the latest teaching methodologies to ensure positive student learning outcomes.
"Minerva Project is pleased to have found in KGI a forward-thinking university partner whose philosophy and values align closely with our own," Nelson said. "As the most recent member of the pioneering Claremont University Consortium, KGI proved to be a major innovator in higher education when it created the first-of-its-kind professional science master's degree in 1997. Today, more than 130 institutions have established nearly 300 such programs. By partnering with KGI, Minerva is following one of the established paths to accreditation as set forth by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and strives to have a similar impact on higher education as a whole."
Dr. Stephen M. Kosslyn will be the founding dean of the Minerva Schools. Dr. Kosslyn previously served as the director of the Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University and as dean of Social Sciences at Harvard University. Former U.S. Sen. Bob Kerrey serves as the executive chairman of The Minerva Institute for Research and Scholarship, a non-profit institute tasked with raising funds to help offer exceptional educational experiences to deserving students and enabling the advancement of faculty research. Sen. Kerrey, who is a past president of The New School, is also a member of the Minerva Project's advisory board, as is Dr. Larry Summers, former president of Harvard University, Lee Shulman, emeritus professor of the Stanford School of Education, and Dr. Patrick Harker, president of the University of Delaware.
"The faculty and staff at KGI are very enthusiastic about the partnership with Minerva, including the opportunity to utilize Minerva's highly innovative learning platform in order to be able to increase our remote and international program offerings," President Schuster said. "I'm also looking forward to discussing the benefits of the partnership with our supporters and members of the community at large."
For more information about the Minerva Project, visit their web site.