Partnerships, yes. OPMs, not so much.

From The Chronicle of Higher Education: “Higher-ed leaders continue to rely on partnerships with vendors for campus operations, but as a new Chronicle and P3•EDU survey shows, colleges’ interest in deals with private companies for online-program management (OPM) has fallen precipitously in the last year. … This year only 29 percent of respondents identified OPM partnerships as areas of major interest. In 2022 that answer hit 41 percent, and in 2019 it was 42 percent. It’s hard to know for sure what prompted the drop, but it’s safe to assume at least two factors contributed:

  1. More colleges are developing their own expertise in running online programs in cost-effective ways.
  2. The U.S. Department of Education plans to more actively scrutinize and perhaps regulate them as third-party-servicer arrangements.”
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