A Win for the Tortoise
The ongoing race between the for profit universities– the nimble but greedy rabbits– and the public universities–slow but steady democratic tortoises– crossed a landmark when St. Leo’s University moved its online education system back in-house, dropping its long-standing outsourcing arrangement with Brisk Education (“We’ll Take It From Here“). We can hope that privatization is slowing down.
As the article notes, many of the outsourcing contracts were long-term and relatively few have come up for renewal until recently. I think that as they do the public university system is going to be increasingly willing to follow St. Leo and other schools as they realize that what once seemed too alien and new now seems commonplace. Outsourcing is about politics not expertise; public money needs to stay in the public system.
About Ray Watkins
I was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital. I grew up in Houston, as a part of what we only half-jokingly call the Cajun Diaspora. At a certain point during the Regan administration, I had to leave, so I served in the Peace Corps, Philippines, from 1987-89. I didn't want to return to the United States just yet, so I moved to Paris, France, where I lived for three years or so.
I then moved back to Austin, Texas, where I had received my Masters Degree, and (eventually) began a Ph.D., which I completed in 1999. I spent a year at Temple University and then accepted a position at Eastern Illinois University where I worked until May of 2006. I now work exclusively on line (although that may change) for Johns Hopkins, the Art Institute Online, and Smarthinking.com.
I can be reached most easily via email: raywatkins [that 'at' symbol] writinginthewild.com