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**Submitted to the MIT Alumni Association on behalf of firstname.lastname@example.org, Class of 1960.**
Thanks for your courtesy in requesting my opinion about MIT education. I studied City and Regional Planning at MIT back in 1960, completing my MA very satisfactorily, through a scholarship of the Gov. of Puerto Rico. I still remember those good days at the Grad. House and latter, after my marriage at an apartment house in Mass. Ave., where one of my sons, Juan (1 of 5), was born. When I got back to PR. I recommended that Prof. Fred Adams be contracted as consultant to my agency at PRIDCO in PR, which helped mightily industrial development planning in our island.
Am 84 now, with 11 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren, but still active as civil engineer and planner in PR and volunteer planning and engineering consultant to my Municipality of Vega Baja, PR. In regard to your questions, I venture to answer as follows:
No. 1: No way; there will always be space for person to class lectures. The personal content and impact are needed in most times to bring home the message to a substantial sector of academia.
No. 2: One of the first thing I did (before the Internet), back in the Intra-American University of PR, where I served as Associate VP for Planning, was organize a trip to visit various universities in the USA to survey how they were starting back then to teach using the computer at Penn State, California and Florida?
How can we anticipate what will happen to the classroom in 2020? No one can truly anticipate the future, including MIT planners, but it seems to me that there will be always space for personal and class teaching, besides online teaching, which will probably grow exponentially.
No. 3: Yes, please rethink the 4-yr. system of residential education, but do not kill its warmth and personal attention to students and young instructors, and to scholarship and "old school" values!