The Market Fall of EdTech Will Have Non-Financial Impacts

Two weeks ago I posted a Twitter thread noting just how much publicly-traded EdTech stocks have fallen since last Spring, using Coursera's March 31, 2021 IPO as a comparison date. My main point was that this situation will have impacts beyond…

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…

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…

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…

Recent Clarity into Regulatory Activism in Education

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. But recently it is becoming more…

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…

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…

Resilience Redux

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It's a slow news day in EdTech, at least in the US with Presidents Day, but there is a story at Inside Higher Ed that is significant and worth considering. Curry College in Massachusetts closed its campus last week in response to a security…

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…

State of Higher Ed LMS Market for US and Canada: Year-End 2021 Edition

State of Higher Ed LMS Market for US and Canada: Year-End 2021 Edition #MindWiresLMS