Campus of The Future

By the year 2000, American colleges and universities will be lean and mean, service oriented and science minded, multicultural and increasingly diverse -- if they intend to survive their fiscal agony

If a fourth-grader could gaze into a crystal ball and envision the college world he or she will enter in the year 2000, it would reveal a mixture of the surprising and the familiar. Dormitories would probably have the same kinds of sagging mattresses, desks and bookshelves that have furnished collegiate rooms for generations. School pennants and posters would likely be smeared across the walls. But there might be special TV consoles -- a few colleges have them now -- that could beam up taped lectures by any professor on campus or even let students monitor courses from other schools. Built-in...

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