The Minerva Delusion

by Chris Peterson, MIT Admissions

This week the tech and educational press has been buzzing about the launch of Minerva University. According to its founder, Internet entrepreneur Ben Nelson, Minerva is intended to “tap into the demand for an elite American education from the developing world’s rising middle class.” His proposition is simple and compelling: there are more smart students in the world than there are seats in Ivy League schools, and the elastic enrollment afforded by Minerva’s online format will provide an elite electronic education for those huddles masses yearning to learn. I am a big believer in educational access. Education is awesome. Extending education to those who cannot presently achieve it is extra awesome. And yet I’m troubled by the Minerva Project; specifically, by the lack of credible answers to a few questions that the painfully shallow news coverage have yet to actually address. So I’m posting them here and trying to think through what some of the answers might be.

http://mitadmissions.org/blogs/entry/the-minerva-delusion

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