Why Doesn't Colorado Become The University Of The World?

03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Why doesn't Colorado become the university of the world?

It is now possible, or so I am told, for university classes to be conducted in one city and made interactive in one or more distant cities--in real time.  Obviously, various kinds of distance learning are now taking place.  Quite a number of universities permit alumni to monitor or even enroll in classes using computer technology.
Here in Colorado we have both major state and private universities and colleges.  But, since the dawn of the cable television era, we became a communications center of gravity.  Liberty Media, Qwest, Jones Intercable, Daniels, and a number of other communications pioneers and innovators have made the greater Denver area a national and international communications center.
Why wouldn't it be possible for professors at the University of Colorado, Colorado College, the University of Denver, Regis, or a number of other centers of learning offer classes to students in Buenos Aires, Beijing, and Moscow in real time?  A consortium of communications companies could establish the technology either in a central broadcast center or in individual wired classrooms at each school.  And professors trained to do so could lecture and conduct discussions with students in selected locations around the world.
Foreign students proficient in English, and there are many, could receive credit for courses eminating from Colorado or actually receive degrees from Colorado institutions.  Leaving aside the obvious economic benefits from worldwide tuition and fees, we in Colorado would be known as a global education center.
Our political and educational leadership should be encouraged to explore a 21st century notion such as this.  If we don't, someone else soon will.