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September 25, 2009


Charles E. Johnson

I haven't taught at a university for several years and not full-time for over 30, but my sense is that there are multiple audiences for what universities offer. Some students are there for the information, some for the aura, some for certification so they can be employed in a field that will make them rich (or so they think), and some for various other reasons. Your statement that if the aura is the primary benefit "then many colleges will do just fine" suggests that those colleges with students of that type will maintain their enrollments, while those without many of that type of student will have their size diminished.
Your concluding statement is right on about the consequences of the digital revolution.

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