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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.

The Minerva curriculum focuses on "practical knowledge" (knowledge students can use to adapt to a changing world); its pedagogy is based on scientific research on learning; it uses a novel technology platform to deliver small seminars in real time; and it offers a hybrid residential model where students live together, rotating through seven cities around the world. Minerva equips students with the cognitive tools they need to succeed in the world after graduation, building the core competencies of critical thinking, creative thinking, effective communication, and effective interaction. The book offers readers both the story of this grand and sweeping idea and a blueprint for transforming higher education.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Foreword: Higher Education in the Twenty-First Century
  2. Bob Kerrey
  3. pp. xi-xviii
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  1. Preface
  2. Ben Nelson
  3. pp. xix-xxiv
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  1. Part I: What We Teach and Why
  2. pp. 1-4
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  1. 1. Why We Need a New Kind of Higher Education
  2. Stephen M. Kosslyn, Ben Nelson
  3. pp. 5-18
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  1. 2. Practical Knowledge
  2. Stephen M. Kosslyn
  3. pp. 19-44
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  1. 3. Foundations of the Curriculum
  2. Ben Nelson, Stephen M. Kosslyn
  3. pp. 45-56
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  1. 4. A New Look at General Education
  2. Joshua Fost
  3. pp. 57-72
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  1. 5. Multimodal Communications and Effective Communication
  2. Judith C. Brown, Kara Gardner, Daniel J. Levitin
  3. pp. 73-86
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  1. 6. Formal Analyses and Critical Thinking
  2. John Levitt, Richard Holman, Rena Levitt, Eric Bonabeau
  3. pp. 87-96
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  1. 7. Empirical Analyses and Creative Thinking
  2. Megan Gahl, Vicki Chandler
  3. pp. 97-108
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  1. 8. Complex Systems and Effective Interaction
  2. James Genone, Ian Van Buskirk
  3. pp. 109-120
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  1. 9. A New Look at Majors and Concentrations
  2. Vicki Chandler, Stephen M. Kosslyn, James Genone
  3. pp. 121-134
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  1. Part II: How We Teach
  2. pp. 135-138
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  1. 10. Unlearning to Learn
  2. Stephen M. Kosslyn, Robin B. Goldberg, Teri Cannon
  3. pp. 139-148
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  1. 11. The Science of Learning: Mechanisms and Principles
  2. Stephen M. Kosslyn
  3. pp. 149-164
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  1. 12. Fully Active Learning
  2. Joshua Fost, Rena Levitt, Stephen M. Kosslyn
  3. pp. 165-178
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  1. 13. A New Team-Teaching Approach to Structured Learning
  2. Joshua Fost, Vicki Chandler, Kara Gardner, Allison Gale
  3. pp. 179-192
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  1. 14. Teaching from Lesson Plans
  2. Vicki Chandler, Stephen M. Kosslyn, Richard Holman, James Genone
  3. pp. 193-202
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  1. 15. The Active Learning Forum
  2. Jonathan Katzman, Matt Regan, Ari Bader-Natal
  3. pp. 203-220
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  1. 16. Building Lesson Plans for Twenty-First-Century Active Learning
  2. Ari Bader-Natal, Joshua Fost, James Genone
  3. pp. 221-238
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  1. 17. Assessing Student Learning
  2. Rena Levitt, Ari Bader-Natal, Vicki Chandler
  3. pp. 239-252
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  1. Part III: Creating a New Institution
  2. pp. 253-254
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  1. 18. Building a New Brand
  2. Ayo Seligman, Robin B. Goldberg
  3. pp. 255-264
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  1. 19. Global Outreach: Communicating a New Vision
  2. Kenn Ross, Robin B. Goldberg
  3. pp. 265-276
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  1. 20. An Admissions Process for the Twenty-First Century
  2. Neagheen Homaifar, Ben Nelson, Stephen M. Kosslyn
  3. pp. 277-292
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  1. 21. Multifaceted Acculturation: An Immersive, Community-Based Multicultural Education
  2. Norian Caporale-Berkowitz, James Lyda
  3. pp. 293-304
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  1. 22. Experiential Learning: The City as a Campus and Human Network
  2. Z. Mike Wang, Robin B. Goldberg
  3. pp. 305-314
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  1. 23. A Global Community by Design
  2. Z. Mike Wang, Sultanna Krispil
  3. pp. 315-326
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  1. 24. Mental Health Services in a Diverse, Twenty-First-Century University
  2. James Lyda, Norian Caporale-Berkowitz
  3. pp. 327-336
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  1. 25. The Minerva Professional Development Agency
  2. Robin B. Goldberg, Anne Kauth
  3. pp. 337-348
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  1. 26. Accreditation: Official Recognition of a New Vision of Higher Education
  2. Teri Cannon
  3. pp. 349-362
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  1. 27. A Novel Business and Operating Model
  2. Ben Nelson
  3. pp. 363-376
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  1. Afterword: For the Sake of the World
  2. Ben Nelson, Stephen M. Kosslyn, Jonathan Katzman, Robin B. Goldberg, Teri Cannon
  3. pp. 377-378
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  1. Appendix A: Habits of Mind and Foundational Concepts
  2. pp. 379-388
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  1. Appendix B: Mission, Principles, and Practices
  2. pp. 389-392
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  1. Editors and Contributors
  2. pp. 393-404
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 405-431
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780262343695
Related ISBN
9780262037150
MARC Record
OCLC
1006380930
Pages
456
Launched on MUSE
2017-11-08
Language
English
Open Access
No
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