Universities of the Future

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Universities of the Future

Universities progress as technology advances. A vision of Universities of the future is only possible with a vision of the technology of the future. With the current pace of technological growth it is almost impossible to imagine what is in store for the future of the university. It is exciting to think of what State U. will become in both the near and distant future. Laptops, wired classrooms, and technologically enriched curriculums are only the beginning.

As visions of State U's future develop, dreams of newly renovated classrooms, dorms, and offices materialize. However, newer looking buildings are only pleasing to the eyes. What will make these new classrooms, dorms, and offices key to the development of a more powerful mind are computers, machines, and other new innovations. Instead of a mere few, all classrooms will be “wired,” and all students will have access to the new learning opportunities, which are brought forth with computers in the classrooms. New machines will create better security systems for a safer learning environment. Advancements in cameras may make it possible for students to meet with professors face to face with out ever leaving their dorm room. Considering how far Clemson has come in the past few years, it is almost overwhelming to imagine what may be in its future.

With these new and exciting advancements it will be exciting to see how the new classrooms, new dorms, and new offices will affect the progress of Clemson students. The country seems to be split on the issue of how technology is affecting student progress. Are these advancements a hindrance or a blessing? Well, like all gifts, technology can be used for good and for evil.

In an age where students can use buttons to do everything from translating French papers to calculating complex math equations it is important not to loose sight of the need to learn the basics. Many people feel that this “button-pushing” era will take away from learning rather than add to it. But who has the right to stop progress? In the eighteen hundreds, John Henry Newman wanted to stop the progression of liberal arts colleges by preventing the creation of what is today considered a “major.” He felt that this separation of the university would take away from overall learning (Newman).

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