Last week, former Silicon Valley CEO Ben Nelson announced that he has raised $25 million to start an “elite university” which would exist exclusively online. The Minerva Project launch comes at a time when public and private educational institutions are dramatically expanding their online presence. But can an Internet-only school really compete with Stanford, Berkeley and the Ivy League?
We talk to some innovators who are challenging the traditional university model.
Ben Nelson, founder and CEO of The Minerva Project, a new online university, and former CEO of online photo finishing company Snapfish
Sebastian Thrun, Google vice president and fellow, part-time research professor at Stanford University and founder of Udacity, a company focused on bringing free university-level education to everyone
Salman Khan, founder and executive director of the Khan Academy, an educational non-profit focused on providing quality education for everyone
Anant Agarwal, professor of electrical engineering and computer science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a teacher for MITx, an online learning initiative