The Dangerous Opportunities of Advanced Technology

Resistance to change goes well beyond ideological conflict. What now faces higher education is reconfiguration of its most fundamental structures.

The last major adaptive challenge of American higher education was the enrollment and research explosion that followed World War II. The next challenge is posed by the potential to use advanced communications technology to deliver courses and programs. In the years ahead, we shall participate in the development of higher education as a mass retail market. The emergence of mass market providers of education is as inevitable as the westward expansion of the United States in the 19th century. The opportunities are there, and no regulators or enforcers are going to prevent their being seized. We cannot avoid being involved, so we should position ourselves to make the most of the opportunities that will be opened to us.

The New Partnerships

Twenty Years of Higher Education in Virginia