ERIC Number: EJ985172
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-May-14
The Vanishing Neighborhood Campus
Halfond, Jay A.
New England Journal of Higher Education, May 2012
Only a generation ago, universities like Northeastern and Boston University had campuses strategically sprinkled throughout eastern Massachusetts. Lesley University offered graduate education programs across the U.S. BU had a contract with the U.S. Army to deliver master's programs on military bases throughout Europe. Mega-high-tech companies, like Digital Equipment Corp., volunteered their corporate classrooms to universities for programs for their employees. Local correctional facilities opened their prison doors to community colleges to teach the incarcerated. Higher education thrived in various local settings, especially for adults returning to college on a part-time basis. Much of this has now vanished--though perhaps re-emerging in new forms and for very different purposes. Why did satellite campuses boom, and then fold? Despite recent publicity about new sites nationally and overseas, this has actually been a declining business for most established institutions. But are new campuses likely to once again be a growth industry? Recent media hype suggests a rebirth of satellite campuses with new formulae. NYU in Abu Dhabi, Northeastern in Charlotte and Seattle, Yale in Singapore, are examples, along with those establishing offices in foreign cities to build relationships and recruit students. Rather than flying under the radar with minimalist sites offering courses taught by adjunct faculty, these new models are attempting something far more public and ambitious.
Descriptors: Campuses, Higher Education, Community Colleges, Two Year Colleges, Electronic Learning, Nontraditional Education, Virtual Universities, Online Courses
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts