FOR THE WISER: Minerva is the Roman goddess of wisdom, and the eponymous “startup college” is adding some expert knowledge to its ranks. The Minerva Schools at KGI, the San Francisco-based company that claims its reinventing college for the digital age, signed on 24 new faculty members for the new academic year.
Founded in 2013, the for-profit venture combines online and experiential-based learning for students who take classes around the world. More than 270 students from 50 countries comprise its freshman and sophomore classes. Now those students will have access to a broader range of academics whose fields include literature, philosophy, geology and behavioral science.
Landing a gig with Minerva is a coveted position for some faculty, especially young academics who value the ability to work remotely, Fast Company reports. In Minerva’s first year, more than 800 faculty applied for eight professorships. The recent additions will serve a growing student body, Minerva claims, though its acceptance rates remain even lower than those of Ivies.