[2018 The 19th World Knowledge Forum] Ben Nelson - How Can We Prepare Students for Jobs That Dont Exist Yet? Demanding a Change in Higher Education file -





[How Can We Prepare Students for Jobs That Dont Exist Yet? Demanding a Change in Higher Education]

Universities today are subject to increasing criticism and enormous pressure from students, policy makers, and employers alike — and much of it is justified: many educational institutions, including those regarded the best in the world, still adhere to the structures and pedagogy developed in the 17th and 18th centuries. Meanwhile, the world in which these institutions exist has changed dramatically and yet, students continue to graduate ill-prepared to meet the demands of — let alone succeed in — our modern world. But how can we prepare students for jobs that do not yet exist? We must begin by holding institutions accountable and ensure that they fulfill their responsibility to prepare students with the intellectual foundation, critical skill sets, and practical experiences that will enable them to adapt and thrive in a rapidly changing world. We must nurture critical wisdom for the sake of the world; our students futures depend on it.



[Ben Nelson - Founder & CEO, Minerva]

Ben Nelson is Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Minerva, and a visionary with a passion to reinvent higher education. In 2011, while building the concept of Minerva, Nelson was the Executive Chairman of RedBeacon until its sale to Home Depot in 2012.

Prior to RedBeacon, Nelson spent more than 10 years at Snapfish, where he helped catalyze the companys growth from a startup to become the worlds largest personal publishing service. Serving as CEO from 2005 through 2010, Nelson began his tenure at Snapfish by leading the companys sale to Hewlett Packard for $300 million. With over 42 million transactions across 22 countries, nearly five times greater than its closest competitor, Snapfish is among the top e-commerce services in the world. Prior to joining Snapfish, Nelson was President and CEO of Community Ventures, a network of locally branded portals for American communities. Nelsons passion for reforming undergraduate education was first sparked at the University of Pennsylvanias Wharton School, where he received a B.S. in Economics. After creating a blueprint for curricular reform in his first year of school, Nelson 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 the University of Pennsylvania. He is also the co-author of Building the Intentional University: Minerva and the Future of Higher Education, published by MIT press in 2017.


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