How to save higher education in twenty seven easy steps?

Friday, 17 February, 2017 - 16:00 to 17:15

Speaker: Mr. Ben Nelson
                Founder and CEO of Minerva University

Venue:  LT-L in CYT Building

Seminar Overview:

The Minerva project has attracted a lot of attention since its inception in 2014. Minerva presents a new system of higher education -- at once fully compliant with the existing model of higher education and at the same time a fully reinvented end to end experience. Across curricular design, pedagogical modalities, and operational decisions, Minerva's system presents a potential path forward for other institutions of higher education around the world. In this seminar, Ben Nelson has presented how this new system was designed and what other institutions can learn from it.

About the Speaker:

Ben Nelson is the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Minerva Project, a reinvented university experience for the brightest and most motivated students.

Previously, Ben spent more than 10 years at Snapfish seeing the company through from an idea to the world’s largest personal publishing service. With over 42 million transactions across 22 countries, nearly five times its closest competitor, Snapfish today is among the top handful of e-commerce services in the world. Ben was Snapfish’s CEO from 2005 to June 2010, beginning his tenure by leading Snapfish’s sale to Hewlett Packard for $300M. Ben joined Snapfish at the end of 1999 as leader of the company’s corporate development operations and less than one year later took over company-wide responsibilities for finance.

Prior to joining Snapfish, Ben was President and CEO of Community Ventures, a network of locally branded portals for America’s communities. Previously, as a consultant, Ben was instrumental in the launching of several ventures within both large and emerging companies. Ben holds a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated with honors. It was at Penn that Ben first realized his passion for reforming undergraduate education. After creating a blueprint for curricular reform in his first year of school, Ben went on to become the chair of the Student Committee on Undergraduate Education (SCUE), a pedagogical think tank that is the oldest and only non-elected student government body at Penn.

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Co-Organized by:

Center for Engineering Education Innovation (E2I) &
Center for Education Innovation (CEI)

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