The Evolution of Education

From primary education to higher education to continuing education, this episode takes a closer look at the educational programs that are reinventing our educational systems and leading changes from within.

Join me for a discussion on the evolution of education as we identify issues of access, cost, and the ability to serve the needs of a global community to create opportunities for learners at all levels.

We will explore how two organizations are doing this.

Bridge International Academies is a chain of nursery and primary schools delivering high-quality education for just $5 a month. Bridge has reengineered the entire lifecycle of basic education and has served more than 118,000 students in 412 schools across three countries.

The Minerva Project was founded with the goal to attract the best and brightest young students in the world without a traditional campus, while charging tuition "substantially less than half" of what they do in the Ivy Leagues. They are reinventing the university experience for the brightest, most motivated students in the world.

Dr. Shannon May

Dr. Shannon May

Shannon May is a Co-Founder of Bridge International Academies, the largest chain of private schools in Africa. Bridge disrupts the educational status quo by ensuring that every child, regardless of parental income, has access to the education he or she deserves.

May serves as both the Chief Strategy Officer and Chief Development Officer for Bridge, leading the Development pipeline in Kenya, as well as international expansion. She also leads Research, Government Relations and Business Development, and supervises Marketing and Brand Strategy. Shannon received her B.A. Magna Cum Laude in Social Studies from Harvard University, and her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley.

Learn more at http://www.bridgeinternationalacademies.com/.

 
Ben Nelson

Ben Nelson

Ben Nelson is Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Minerva, and a visionary 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. Serving as CEO from 2005 through 2010, Nelson began his tenure at Snapfish by leading the company’s sale to Hewlett Packard for $300 million.
Nelson’s passion for reforming undergraduate education was first sparked at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, where he received a B.S. in Economics. Nelson became 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.

Learn more at https://www.minerva.kgi.edu/people/ben-nelson/.