Thomas Friedman is right. The world is flat, but place still matters.
Reports of the death of the university are premature. Still, as the digital transformation of higher education gains momentum, traditional business models and facilities practices are being disrupted. From office and classroom, to library and laboratory the academic experience of students and faculty members is being fragmented.
Universities that adapt their business models and scales to accommodate a digital future can thrive as they improve learning and research effectiveness. Institutions over-invested in bricks and mortar will be at a competitive disadvantage.
I believe that the physical campus will remain viable only by providing qualities that cannot be duplicated elsewhere. Such a value proposition lies in providing an intentional balance of scheduled spaces (classrooms and offices) and unscheduled spaces (libraries and study spaces) to support an increasingly transient community of students and faculty.
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