University of Massachusetts President Marty Meehan salivates for online programs with their zero costs for brick and mortar, but the state system is late to that table (UMass plans new national online college, Page A1, March 5). Rather than trying to lure a national customer base that, in fact, has no reason to enroll here, let’s look at consolidating the schools we have.
Never mind the fact that Massachusetts has the finest private schools in the world, is there any reason a state as small as ours needs an additional 15 community colleges, nine state universities, and five UMass campuses. Why should taxpayers support 14 schools that offer comprehensive science and liberal arts degrees? We’d save a bundle eliminating redundancies and filling classrooms. Why have two half-filled classrooms with two professors 50 miles apart when we can have one filled classroom with one professor.