The FutureX Podcast

Matt Alex, Hector H. Lopez, & Joe Abraham

As Higher Education enters a phase of existential innovation, the partners at Beyond Academics host internal discussions, expert interviews, and crowdsourced insight sessions to help guide leaders in the journey. Learn more at beyondacademics.com

Ep 12 | Chancellor Ben Nelson on Courage to Face the Fear
Oct 19 2021
Ep 12 | Chancellor Ben Nelson on Courage to Face the Fear
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.
Changemakers 06: Chancellor Ben Nelson on Application of Wisdom
Sep 28 2021
Changemakers 06: Chancellor Ben Nelson on Application of Wisdom
Chancellor Ben Nelson (1/4)How much has your education really taught you?When a student’s education, and their degree earned thereafter, is more aesthetic than applicatory to the jobs they will enter into, the negative implications go far beyond just the individual. Society suffers from the uneducated, or rather the miseducated. The systems in place must change. That’s where Minerva University comes in.In this episode of the FutureX Changemakers series the Founder and Chancellor of Minerva University, Ben Nelson, talks about where higher education went wrong, and how we can get back on track. He discusses the mission of Minerva—one of the most innovative universities in the country—and what the school is doing to reshape Higher Ed.--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.