Online Learning Update

September 28, 2019

A look inside public universities’ OPM contract

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:03 am

By Hallie Busta, Education Dive
A new report from The Century Foundation cracks open about four dozen agreements between public universities and the online program managers (OPMs) that run their online courses, certificates and degrees, offering insight into how such deals are structured and the potential risks for institutions. The report outlines several “red flags” in these relationships, including contracts directly tied to enrollment or tuition revenue, and the inability for the university to “reasonably terminate” a contract or change providers. It also includes best practices for institutions to use when structuring deals. OPMs and universities have faced continued pressure to be more transparent about the terms of their relationships, and that’s likely to continue with projections that the market for online learning will keep growing and consolidating.

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