Bill Gates is Wrong; College Campuses Won’t Fade Away, Writes Atkins

By whitlocd | August 31, 2010

“Bill Gates is Wrong. College Campuses Will Not Fade Away,” writes Larry Atkins, Adjunct Professor of Journalism, on Aug. 25 for the Huffington Post. “Earlier this month, billionaire Microsoft founder Bill Gates predicated at a technology conference in Lake Tahoe, Calif., that in five years, place-based colleges will be significantly less important due to technology.”

“As reported by the Chronicle of Higher Education and others, Gates said, ‘Five years from now on the Web for free you’ll be able to find the best lectures in the world. It will be better than any single university. College, except for the parties, need to be less place-based,’” writes Atkins.

Atkins writes that he is “aware of the value of online learning, but I still strongly believe in the value of place-based colleges.” Read more.