Oxford University’s latest official history says that the University faces an “uncomfortable future” unless it embraces online degrees and raises billions of pounds to go private. Too true.
Children up to the age of puberty need a high degree of personal attention. The more brilliant post-grads, especially in science subjects, need personal mentors — and often a succession of them — in order to advance further.
In between, the vast majority of the learner population in all the non-lab subjects who want university training in order to get good jobs or to find good marriage partners ought to be incentivised enough to learn and qualify offline by themselves — or in small local self-help groups — as by physically attending universities. Most universities today have become mass-production factories.