There was an impending sense of change in the air, and the Corona Virus seems to be the catalyst. For some time distance learning has a great potential but its flowering was arrested by the status quo. Now that the paradigm has shifted, and distance learning systems will be implemented, small campuses have one attraction left: the stroll through the campus park for which you pay dearly. You can have the park walk without paying for the building, actually. And you can have a Yale professor teach you English 101. I liked reading Tom Jones. Not sure if Yale would have that.
Larger campuses although changing have an additional social element that still pays: a word from your professor that helps you to get a job, assuming you a member of his family, or someone’s family he knows. Wisdom is: A white professor is good for a white person. That way, no suplises but Very costly. Oh well, you can always try hard to get to know someone and his family, and hopefully they will not turn their back on you if you need their help.
the future wave to ride maybe a 4yr Internet degree equivalent for basics (some companies may have their own prescriptions for necessary basic education), some job experience, and further training through one’s company in the form of courses created for that purpose. General Research will have to take another path, if it is not company R&D.
Hopefully a redesigned educational system will spare the talented from a minefield of socialists and nepotists and greatly improve the quality of professionalism in the future.