Webinar: Outsourcing the University, March 31, 2022
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FAMCO co-sponsored this webinar about for-profit Online Program Management (OPM) companies and risks that they present to higher education institutions from the point-of-view of students, faculty, institutions, and governmental oversight. This webinar coincided with Monmouth Faculty Council’s resolution rejecting the use of OPM and similar for-profit outsourcing for use in academic mission.
Resolution on Outsourcing of parts of the Academic Mission (Faculty Council Resolution, 2022)
Whereas Faculty Council on December 19, 2019, adopted a resolution entitled “Online Program Manager (OPM) Resolution”;
Whereas the name “Online Program Manager” no longer covers the range of for-profit companies offering to manage (parts of) on-line learning for universities;
Whereas Faculty Council understands certain services are more cost-effectively provided by commercial entities, like the Learning Management System that we refer to as eCampus, and has always been included in the process of procurement of these services;
BE IT RESOLVED
- Faculty Council would like to affirm that the Online Program Manager (OPM) Resolution applies to any company offering services that are the purview of faculty, like course design and delivery.
- Faculty Council objects to the outsourcing of any part of the academic mission, and is especially opposed to contracts that are based on revenue sharing with for-profit companies.
- Faculty Council should be involved in procurement of any services that can potentially impact the academic mission of the University.