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Will there ever be a 100 percent paperless student?

by Scott Garvin

In the face of rising costs and increasingly tech-savvy students, is being “paperless” a reality in higher education?

In a recent survey by Harris Poll on behalf of Ricoh, two in three Americans said college students couldn’t function without using paper daily¹ On the other hand, the same survey found that 48 percent of respondents expect universities to go paperless within a few years. Given that split, what does the future hold for higher education? And is the idea of a 100% paper student going to become reality?

Students generate enormous amounts of data on the administrative side throughout their college careers.

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  1. ¹ Ricoh-Harris poll 2015.