Goodbye, Columbus. Hello, Mr. Chips

Will online universities take away the four best years of our lives?

"Tomorrow we start tearing down the college." "But Professor Wagstaff, where will the students sleep?" "Where they always slept. In the classroom." --Horse Feathers

Well, it certainly sounds promising, but I worry about all those traditions being lost. I refer to the spate of online universities that are being planned--cyberspace institutions that will compete with, possibly replace, established schools such as Harvard, Yale and Bob Jones. Skeptical of their efficacy, Stanley Ikenberry, president of the American Council on Education, said that higher learning means more than mere mastery of content. "It involves judgment, analysis, synthesis, communication, creativity and innovation," he noted....

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