Currently only a thought experiment, not an actual university in development.
- Thirty-one percent of employers indicated that recent graduates are unprepared or very unprepared for their job search.
- Over half of the employers indicated difficulty in finding qualified candidates for job openings
- When it comes to the skills most needed by employers, job candidates are lacking most in written and oral communication skills, adaptability and managing multiple priorities, and making decisions and problem solving.
Higher education needs to become a better investment. Too often young adults graduate from college without the skills needed to be successful in their future careers. There is no accountability on colleges to prove that their product will lead to successful jobs or careers. Graduates are often left unemployed, with a job they are over qualified for or not interested, and/or in massive debt. I want to create a college that teaches students relevant skills and mindsets and cultivate them into lifelong learners. Mindover U will focus on pursuing challenges instead of majors and developing interconnected mindsets that will help prepare them for the 21st century workforce. Mindsets are a way of thinking and can help in viewing a problem from multiple perspectives. Examples of mindsets that are important include entrepreneurship, abstract thinking, emotion regulation, and adaptability.
Student who enroll won't choose a major like in traditional colleges. Instead they will decide on a problem or challenge (in the vain of Google Moonshots or Engineering Grand Challenges) to pursue determined by the combination of passions with current and desired skills. They will then form teams or cohorts and determine roles (i.e. artist, programmer, writer, lawyer, etc.) in the project. The students will use self-directed learning in addition to classes, workshops, and speakers offered by Mindover U to tackle the challenge. The problem or challenge shapes the learning path rather than just choosing a major
Mindover U will use lean thinking concepts to make the structure of the college as simple as possible. The "curriculum" Mindover U is divided into "mindsets" and "skillets".
Mindsets are developed through:
- Crowd Funding
- Innovation/Design Thinking
- Raising Funds (Crowdfunding, Grants, etc.)
- Collaboration/Teamwork Skills
- Personal finances
- Personal Branding
- Artistic Expression
- Problem Solving/Critical Thinking
- Reflections on Current Events
- Tackling Grand/Moonshot challenges
- One -on -one training with personal coach
Skillsets are developed through:
General online search
MOOCs (Coursera, edX, Treehouse, etc)
Face-to-Face MOOC labs
Mentors/People in the field willing to share information
Rapid Prototyping classes
Research Classes (Quantitative, Qualitative)
Media, Information, and Technology skill classes
There will also be an online learning management system where students can share resources and experiences. While it is important to become specialized in one area in your career, students are often asked to become specialists before they even know what field they are interested in. However learning these mindsets can be beneficial for everyone.