An Architect and Scholar Weighs the Value of the Physical Campus

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At the annual conference for the Society for College and University Planning two weeks ago, I ran into Michael Haggans, a man who is wading into a contentious topic in higher education's digital age: What is the value of a physical campus? Do we still need it?

Mr. Haggans, an architect who is now a visiting scholar at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, is no sentimentalist. He acknowledges that online tools may supplant some of the things that people at colleges now do