I think 'Why' is more important than how or platform of education. This is also discussed in another post where you and Rob have commented. Once a student determines why he needs certain qualification then the means to get them could be mix of both online, in class or even practical experience.
According to Roger Marin, "it seems that we are selecting among predetermined alternatives. With a design model we would like to think outside the existing alternatives and create new alternatives".
I think, what he has implied is although we may have constrained environment, limited resources but if we can apply our creative thinking to the situation in hand, it becomes more enjoying and fruitful experience (college in this discussion). If students are encouraged to think outside the box / differently and such chain of thoughts nurtured in college, they could lead life with which will be full of rich experiences and be better citizens or leaders of any society. One can also refer to concept of using right brain.