Study: OPM Deals Could Hurt Colleges’ Financial Stability, Student Data

August 9, 2017

As reported in Inside Higher Ed, the Century Foundation, which describes itself as a "progressive, nonpartisan think tank" aimed at reducing inequality, released a report Monday warning about public and private institutions' arrangements with online program management companies -- and the risk they might pose to the nature of public higher education.

The Century report makes plain that colleges have long turned to outside companies to perform certain functions on the administrative side that they don't necessarily have the in-house expertise to manage. The shift to the academic side of the institutions crosses an important bridge, though, in Century's view.

The report, “The Private Side of Public Higher Education,” was released under the foundation's "for-profit education" banner, which focuses mostly on corporately owned educational institutions. To read more about the report, click here.


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