Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Minerva: How to Go to College During a Pandemic - Frank Bruni, NY Times

Students at Minerva spend four years entirely online. Is this the future of higher education?  Minerva drew attention at the outset, because it was one answer to intensifying questions about the affordability of college, the country-club excesses of some campuses and the erratic devotion to actual instruction. But it’s an object of even greater fascination now, because it willingly made changes that other schools are suddenly forced to consider, thanks to the coronavirus. Mitchell Stevens, an associate professor of education at Stanford, told me that even before the pandemic higher education “was in many ways being held together by prayers, Band-Aids, international students and a lot of debt.”