operates an accredited online university, Cardean University, that offers business-related courses and an MBA degree.


An example of such a portal is Stanford’s Highwire Press (highwire.stanford.edu).


Michael McRobbie (2001), Indiana University’s Chief Information Officer, notes that he operates with a $100 million annual budget and is implementing a $200 million five-year strategic plan for IT.


The University of Phoenix (www.phoenix.edu) is a private, for-profit entity that provides high-quality education to working adult students. Through innovative avenues such as distance-education technologies, the University is accessible to working adults regardless of their geographical location. It has 107 campuses in the United States and Canada.


Jones International University (www.jonesinternational.edu) is a completely online university that offers undergraduate and graduate degrees as well as certificate programs. Started in 1995, it was accredited in 1999 by the Higher Learning Commission, a member of the North Central Association.



But the half-life of students’ basic technology is diminishing as technological change accelerates. For twenty years or more the entering college freshman bought and used a typewriter. In the late 1980s and early 1990s it was a personal computer. In the mid-1990s e-mail usage grew. The late 1990s saw the advent of the World Wide Web and Napster. Currently, instant messaging is the “hot” technology.


Other groups are examining policy issues related to the future of research universities. For example, in 2000 the Kellogg Commission on the Future of State and Land-Grant Universities proposed a “Millenium Partnership Initiative”—a renewed “partnership of federal and state government, colleges and universities, and the private sector to build the technology infrastructure needed to educate and train the twenty-first century workforce.”

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