Ars Technica reports, "Only four freshmen showed up at the University of Virginia in 2007 without a computer of their own, and the school has decided that it's no longer worth the expense of running campus computer labs."
That's a surprise. Who would have thought only 4 out of over 3,100 students would show up without a computer? And on the surface, this definitely sounds like a great cost cutting measure.
Nevertheless, if students are still using the labs with that kind of laptop proliferation--and assuming it is more than just for printing--then perhaps there is still a need? For instance, I've seen many students with laptop problems (I'm always surprised, too, at how abused some of their machines seem to be). Batteries often die during the day. Labs will continue to be a valuable resource when their personal machines don't work.
And if the lab equipment is removed, I hope that the lab space is reserved for student laptop use. One of the biggest complaints my students have at GVSU is that it is hard to find a place to work with their laptops. Technology funding will also be necessary to provide more AC outlets for students to charge their machines when studying and during class.