Eric Bonabeau, dean of computational sciences at the Minerva Project, a new university startup, listens to founding dean Stephen Kosslyn (unseen) in San Francisco, California January 7, 2014. Offering... more 
Eric Bonabeau, dean of computational sciences at the Minerva Project, a new university startup, listens to founding dean Stephen Kosslyn (unseen) in San Francisco, California January 7, 2014. Offering a twist on the learn-from-anywhere convenience of Internet classes, a new university is asking freshmen to take a large leap of faith. Minerva Schools of KGI, a radically experimental university in San Francisco, is sifting through applications for its first class, starting this fall. The school is an alliance between Minerva Project, a venture-backed for-profit company, and Keck Graduate Institute, one of California's Claremont colleges. Picture taken January 7, 2014. To match Feature EDUCATION/ONLINE-MINERVA REUTERS/Stephen Lam (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS EDUCATION SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY HEADSHOT) less 
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