Doing something different takes unconventional thinking and bold ideas. But how do these qualities meld with the ideas of courage and confidence? Those who believe they can get by on courage alone may be misleading themselves in that they know they’re not taking the right path. This can translate into students who go through college, and complete their courses to the best of their abilities, but still feel lost while entering the workforce.
In this episode of the Changemakers series, Chancellor Ben Nelson of Minerva University speaks about the perception of courage, confidence, and problems in education regarding disconnection from the classroom and the working world.
Chancellor Ben Nelson is the founder of Minerva with a passion to reinvent higher education. Prior to Minerva, Nelson spent more than 10 years at Snapfish where he helped build the company from startup to the world's largest personal publishing service. Prior to joining Snapfish, Nelson was president and CEO of Community Ventures, a network of locally branded portals for American communities.
Nelson's passion for reforming undergraduate education was first sparked at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, where he received a Bachelor of Science 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, a pedagogical think tank that is the oldest and only non-elected student government body at the University of Pennsylvania.