Stop Building Public University Buildings?

Consider the following facts, reported in the October 2009 Delta Sky magazine. From 2007 to 2008, online higher education enrollment grew 12.9%, “which far exceeds the 1.2% growth of higher education enrollment overall.” Last year, “[a]bout 4 million U.S. college students took at least one online course” and “66 percent of accredited U.S. colleges have some form of online learning.” The demand for online learning can be expected to grow, thereby allowing more people to learn in the same amount of, or less, space. This raises the question: Should Oregon stop building new public university buildings?