March 28, 2009

The End of the College Computer Lab

The University of Virginia has decided to shut down its student computer labs and put the money to more productive uses, since 3,114 of 3,117 incoming students own their own computer.

Of those student-owned computers, 3,058 are laptops, with about 26% being Apples.

Compared to just a decade ago, the numbers are amazing. In 1997, 74% of incoming students owned computers, but only 16% were laptops, and 6.6% Apples.

The University is now trying to figure out how to provide things like community printers and specialized college software.

[via arstechnica]

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