Entries by Phil Hill

Three Initial Takeaways from the GAO Report on OPMs

The long-awaited report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on the US Department of Education (ED) oversight over Online Program Management (OPM) contracts is out, and as most observers have stated, it is a fairly neutral report with no bombshells. You can access the full report here and Inside Higher Ed’s early coverage here. The […]

Let’s Not Romanticize 2019 for Online Learning

Last week I had the chance to paricipate in a fireside chat plenary session for OLC Innovate 2022 with Joe Moreau, Vice Chancellor Technology for Foothill-DeAnza Community College District. Joe is retiring at the end of the month, and we have known each other since the inception of the California Virtual Campus – Online Education […]

Additional Clarity into Regulatory Activism in Education

Last week I described a trend that I believe will have an enormous impact on education, particularly for nontraditional and online models. We all knew that the US Department of Education (ED) would change its regulatory approach with the new administration, and it has been virtually axiomatic that they would directly target the for-profit sector. […]

The Decline of the Public 2-Year Degree

NPR had an interesting story this week showing the increase in enrollments for skilled trade programs in community colleges. More than a million students held off from going to college in this pandemic, but there are some bright spots happening at community colleges. Some programs in skilled trades like construction, HVAC and automotive repair are […]

Zovio Loses California Lawsuit on Deceptive Admissions Practices

Zovio, the Online Program Management (OPM) company that sold for-profit Ashford Universityand created the University of Arizona Global Campus (UAGC, lost the lawsuit filed by the California Attorney General. The San Diego Superior Court ruled that Zovio must pay $22.4 million in penalties, but it also denied the AG request for restitution to students and […]

What U Arizona Executives Are Not Addressing About the UAGC Merger

The next chapter in the long-running University of Arizona Global Campus (UAGC) saga is becoming clear, as described by Kathryn Palmer at Tucson.com. The University of Arizona’s recent announcement of its plans to absorb the UA Global Campus, an online school with a troubled past, is causing a stir among the faculty — but the deal […]

We Don’t Need Vanity-Driven MOOC 4.0 Hype

I was interviewed in both Higher Ed Dive and Inside Higher Education regarding ASU and the Thunderbird School of Management’s initiative to reach 100 million learners worldwide with “an accredited online Global Management and Entrepreneurship Certificate.” Press release here and brochure here. From IHE: The Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University plans […]