12.0515 future of the virtual university?

Humanist Discussion Group (humanist@kcl.ac.uk)
Tue, 23 Mar 1999 21:20:21 +0000 (BST)

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 12, No. 515.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

Date: Tue, 23 Mar 1999 21:20:21 +0000
From: "Price, Dan" <dprice@tui.edu>
Subject: The Future of the Virtual University

It seems that two of the more famous attempts at a virtual university, the
Western Governor's initiative and the California Virtual University, have
encountered serious, even fatal, turns of events.

When the Western Governors' University opened their "doors" this past Fall,
they processed ten applicants rather than the hundreds to a thousand that
were initially anticipated (as reported in the "Chronicle") Now the latter
seems to be out of money even before it opens.

Are these isolated incidents that have more to do with effective marketing,
securing actual commitment of state dollars, and perhaps a jealous guarding
of already established territories and boundaries?

OR is this a trend? Have we been wrong about the future of higher education
being heavily, if not primarily, offered in a Computer Medicated format?

Thoughts? Comments? Reactions?


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