That's a good question to ask SCUP–47 attendees. This is a provocative, timely piece in The Chronicle of Higher Education:
"Lately, though, I have been pondering a middle way, and slowly forming the conviction that the survival of traditional college campuses—for those of us who deem that survival a good thing—could depend upon our taking fuller advantage of a particular feature of our situation. It's a feature that can never be rendered obsolete or diminished by the rise of new technological innovations: the ground upon which we are standing.
I mean, quite literally, the physical presence of a campus, with all of its built and natural environs, and its location within an equally grounded local city or town."