May 19, 2020 – Future of Work

Minerva Schools: continuing to serve university students during COVID-19


Minerva Schools at Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) was established in 2013 to provide an extraordinary liberal arts and sciences education to top students from around the world. At the center of this mission is the belief that preparing students to succeed in an era of global uncertainty requires developing their intellect, character, and practical capabilities.

Because COVID-19 has forced many leading colleges and universities to delay, defer, or cancel their enrollment for thousands of students, upcoming on-campus plans have never been more uncertain.

To address this need, Minvera has launched its Visiting Scholars Year—a remote, credit-bearing opportunity for university students. Through this initiative, students who have been accepted into highly selective, English-speaking universities and whose studies have been interrupted or impacted by visa and travel restrictions or campus-closures will be able to enroll remotely in Minerva’s four Foundation Year courses for the fall semester or for the full 2020-21 academic year. Classes will be held on Minerva’s fully-active learning platform, ForumTM. With KGI’s accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission (WASCUC), Minerva course credits are eligible to be transferred to other higher education institutions.

“The Visiting Scholars Year was created to ensure students who are prepared for the rigor of the curriculum are not forced to curtail their learning during these uncertain times,” explained Minerva Founder and CEO Ben Nelson. “The Minerva academic model is distinctly capable of supporting these students with its completely redesigned, remote-enabled class experience.”

The Visiting Scholars Year is accepting registrations through August 1, 2020. Click here to find the program information. Click here to read more about the Charles Koch Foundation’s support of Minerva’s work.