The headline at The Washington Monthly reads
What the UVA Firing Was Really About
And after reading the posting, my conclusion is, if the hesitance to expand online education at the University of Virginia was the real reason for the ouster of President Teresa Sullivan, then it says a ton of bad things about the board.
There may be good reasons to have an online education program. Profit making ain’t one of ’em.
Taking one or two courses online while attending classes in a traditional classroom setting is not what I am referring to. I am talking about distance education where all classes are taken on line. And what the student misses can never be made up.
Most of the ol’ Chief’s college credits were earned by sitting in a classroom, normally twice a week, for a semester or quarter. But most of the courses between the associate degree and the bachelor’s were taken online.
Far too much of the person-to-person interaction between professor and student and student to student is missing. As is the network building that can occur in a face-to-face environment.
So, as far as I’m concerned the Board of Regents or whatever it is they call themselves at the Univ of Virginia is either dumb (not very likely) or lying (politicians are good at it).