MIT Dean Takes Leave to Start New Type of University Without Lectures or Classrooms

Christine Ortiz is taking a leave from her post as a professor and dean at MIT to start a radical, new nonprofit university that she says will have no majors, no lectures, and no classrooms. What if you could start from scratch for today’s needs and with today’s technology?
Her venture is not the only effort to create a new kind of college, there’s the Minerva Project, created by a tech entrepreneur in San Francisco, and MOOC providers like Udacity, started by a former Stanford University professor.
But those are for-profit businesses. Ms. Ortiz says she plans to create a nonprofit institution so that "all of the revenue can be reinvested in the enterprise to serve the public."
The plan is to begin with a campus in the Boston area that she hopes will grow to about 10,000 students and 1,000 faculty members, about the size of MIT. And her long-term plan is to add more campuses in other cities as well.
That will take serious financial backing, and she says the fund raising has not yet begun. But she says that she has had an outpouring of support for the idea and that she has assembled a team to start the project, though she said she was not yet ready to say who was on it.
The Chronicle talked with Ms. Ortiz about what the new university might look like. 
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