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1 narrative summary spring 2013

2 Kepler is a project from Generation Rwanda to bring higher education in the developing world online

3 For nearly a decade, Generation Rwanda has provided some of Africa s brightest students with access to their country s best universities. 10,000+ applicants 0.7% acceptance rate 250+ students & alumni 97% graduation rate - 3 -

4 But studying at these schools still means absentee professors, rote memorization, and coursework that doesn t prepare graduates for entry into the global information economy - 4 -

5 With a tuition bill that is triple an average family s annual income without the option of student loans. $1,500 $500 annual tuition annual income - 5 -

6 But last year, the world s best universities started doing something strange:! Offering hundreds of their courses online for free

7 Not just lectures, but tests, quizzes, reading assignments, and problem sets all at a level that finally matches the intelligence and ambition of our students active courses in over 20 fields of study this fall 30 universities including Harvard, MIT, & Stanford 1,000,000+ enrolled with over 90,000 students in one course alone - 7 -

8 Welcome to the brave new world of Massive Open Online Courses a tool for democratizing higher education.! While the vast potential of free online courses has excited interest for decades, in the past few months hundreds of thousands of motivated students around the world who lack access to elite universities have been embracing them as a path toward sophisticated skills and high-paying jobs, without paying tuition or collecting a college degree.! Tamar Lewin New York Times March 4,

9 For the first time in history, great professors are available outside the walls of elite universities at a revolutionary price. But they need an on-the-ground institution to reach Africa s most talented students

10 Kepler is where online learning will reach the developing world: a combination of streaming online content and in-person educators all with the DNA of a selective liberal arts school. Online courses Students in the developing world physical campus online lectures in-person seminars Rwanda-based Teaching Fellows

11 Next year, Kepler will launch as a four-year experimental university that pairs online courses from the world s best universities with in-person seminars led by a team of American Teaching Fellows based in Rwanda

12 With the goal of training graduates to think critically, speak up, and negotiate complex problems the qualities employers are desperate to find and are neglected at universities in the developing world

13 This is a model that can revolutionize higher education in Africa. East African universities Annual Tuition $700 (students pay $0) $1,500+ Class Size 10 students per Teaching Fellow 50:1 faculty-student ratios Academic & Career Advising Yes No Collaborative Living Yes No Admissions Holistic, data driven recruitment, including essays, class rank, and interviews Single national exam score, which favors students from wealthy schools

14 Putting knowledge to work for the people that need it most: brilliant students in the developing world that cannot afford to attend local universities or study abroad. East African universities Lecture Courses Yes Yes Intensive English Yes No Discussion Groups & Seminars Yes No Course Materials Reading assignments from the latest academic articles and books None, or decades-old textbooks Tutoring Run by undergraduate KEPLER chapters at Brown University, University of Michigan, Columbia University, and others No

15 The first project anywhere to bring together three major educational innovations: the data-driven culture of charter schools, the cost reduction of online content, and the academic rigor of elite liberal arts schools. Charter schools KEPLER Liberal Arts colleges Online courseware

16 Kepler is targeting potential partnerships and collaborations with the best organizations in education, both online and offline: Curriculum Development Academic Content Recruitment & Admissions Culture & Support Assessment & Monitoring Career & Market Assessment

17 To recruit the brightest students across the developing world, deliver a world-class curriculum, and track individual performance metrics with an astounding degree of detail. Statistical Reasoning Professionalism Teamwork Interview Skills

18 Finally, a university designed for emerging economies around the world a program that s smarter, cheaper, and more democratic than anything we ve seen before

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20 Generation Rwanda is working to revolutionize higher education in Africa. We recruit the brightest students that can t afford university, fund their education, and train them to take part in Africa s emerging information economy.! Our students come from orphanages and rural schools, but with Generation Rwanda s training, they regularly outperform their peers from wealthier schools in university and postgraduate employment.! The next step is to stop supplementing higher education in the developing world and to start revolutionizing it. After nearly a decade of working with local universities, we are launching Kepler as an alternative model one that provides superior instruction and training at a fraction of the cost, and is scalable to other countries around the world.

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