Highlights from Syllabus Magazine: Campus Portals: Future Hope, Past History, or More Hype?

July 2, 2002

Just as the white-hot boom of the dot.com economy has been replaced by a more circumspect approach to e-commerce, so has the campus portal market retrenched, with revised business plans, the demise of some early providers, and the continued consolidation of others. In this more cautious time, what is the value and future for campus portals? Given the economic constraints placed upon higher education and the developing concerns regarding tuition increases, should campuses continue to create, develop, and implement portals? If so, what are reasoned approaches to portals, and how do campuses make informed decisions about the true value of these efforts?