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Electronics and the Dim Future of the University

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Science  13 Oct 1995:
Vol. 270, Issue 5234, pp. 247-249
DOI: 10.1126/science.270.5234.247


The growth of electronic media and communication has provided new tools for academics, but also poses several fundamental challenges to the future of universities as centers of research and higher education. One result of the rapid increase in the production and dissemination of information is that the advantage of physical proximity of researchers in universities is diminished. The strength of the university of the future may lie less in pure centers of information and more in college as a community.

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