When the tutorial providers firm Zovio offered its on-line program administration enterprise to the College of Arizona International Campus in August, it wasn’t a shock.
Zovio’s enterprise mannequin is seen by many industry-watchers as a hold-over from the College of Phoenix period, earlier than firms like 2U pioneered the concept of serving to faculties each run on-line applications and finance their creation in trade for a reduce of tuition. Some predict that promoting off its belongings means it might not have lengthy to outlive as an organization—with one observer commenting that “the blood is within the water there.”
When the most recent deal was introduced, College of Arizona International Campus president Paul Pastorek wrote in an open letter that the sale would make sure that the individuals working its on-line program have been “aligned in the direction of a single goal.” Pastorek considers advertising and marketing, recruiting and monetary assist to belong within the class of essential capabilities that universities have to preserve in-house, the assertion made clear.
That matches a sample of universities reasserting management over capabilities beforehand outsourced to OPMs, says edtech analyst Matt Tower, a principal at Workshop Enterprise Companions.