Richard F. Andersen doesn't believe technology-laden campuses should be exclusive to the bigwigs of higher education.

For expansive universities with nine-digit budgets, lectures via webcast, state-of-the-art simulators, and wired classrooms have become the norm. But Andersen—vice president for information systems at Tidewater Community College in Virginia—has helped beef up his own campus's technology infrastructure to give students a major university education on a community college campus.

"We're aware that there probably aren't a lot of community colleges that are getting into these things in a big way," said Andersen, a former naval officer and a Tidewater information systems official for 12 years.


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