Insofar as postindustrial economies depend on a highly educated workforce to fuel innovation, supporting access to postsecondary education has become an article of faith. But access to what exactly? "The current shakeout in higher education won’t necessarily leave a gap in terms of accessibility, since workforce demands will ensure some form of credentialing replaces it. But the value of what fills the gap is an open question," writes Todd J. Leach, the chancellor emeritus of the University System of New Hampshire and former chair of NEBHE. Colleges have used higher sticker prices for students who have the ability to pay more to subsidize "discounts" for students who don’t have that ability to pay, thus maintaining access and a critical mass of enrollment. "But at some point, the business model breaks down; the higher paying students who subsidize the discounts are either no longer willing or able to pay the higher tuition levels, or those students decide they have better options for the same amount of money." Moreover, adds Leach: "The richness of an online experience is changing rapidly with the advancement of virtual reality, spatial computing and predictive analytics, and it should not be assumed that a transformative experience cannot be achieved through nontraditional paths to higher education."