This Week in Review – April 8th to April 14th


OPMs ... Programs and Disciplines

We have been tracking Online Program Management Systems or OPMs for over 18 months. We track who selects what company and when. We also track the programs and disciplines that are being created by OPM companies. We have the data for over half of those we track.

The most common programs:

  • Masters programs at 75%

  • Bachelors at 10%

  • Graduate certificates at 10% 

The three biggest disciplines are:

  • Business at 35%

  • Health at 20%

  • Engineering at 15%

I created the following visualization to show the OPMs based on programs and disciplines. The size of the blue circle shows the number of programs.

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Source: LISTedTECH


Online university degree provider 2U acquires Trilogy for $750M to expand into tech bootcamps and training

In an effort to expand into new territory around skills training and continuing education, 2U is acquiring Trilogy Education, the creator of ‘boot camps’ to train those already in the workforce.

The deal not only helps 2U consolidate its university footprint, but it also helps it compete with other companies that have already built a dual-track approach to online education.

Source: TechCrunch | EdSurge | Inside HigherEd | Newstral | Education Dive

DIGARC Announces Acquisition of Visual Schedule Builder Student Schedule Planning Software at Ellucian Live

DIGARC has acquired Visual Schedule Builder (VSB) which simplifies scheduling for both students and advisers and which should thus satisfy pathway requirements and personal preferences.

Institutions with VSB's analytics tool can not only access data that supports planning and resource allocation, but also student persistence and enrollment heat maps. This, combined with a better communication system between student and advisor, will ultimately increase student retention. 

Source: Cision PR Newswire | benzinga

Financial System - Butler University

Butler Students Tap Oracle Cloud to Make Responsible Financial Aid Choices

Butler University is deploying Oracle Student Financial Planning in an attempt to guide students towards a more responsible borrowing plan.

Wanting to increase student success through an efficient financial aid process, the university will be providing, through Oracle, a real-time synchronization with government systems as well as automated, student-centric processes. Oracle Student Financial Planning will this let Butler financial aid officers and administrators spend more time advising students on financial aid choices and less time packaging their aid.

Source: Cision PR Newsletter | Oracle Press Release

Library Information System - University of Salford

University of Salford Adopts Ex Libris Leganto Reading List Solution

The University of Salford will be implementing the Ex Libris Leganto reading list solution which will increase student engagement and successes as well as help ensure resource availability.

Currently, the library must carry out complex workflows to acquire resources and students have difficulty finding these resources. The intuitive and and easy-to-use Leganto reading list solution will provide a streamlined discovery experience for users, facilitating their access to electronic resources on their reading lists.

Source: ProQuest News

OPM - Noodle - American University

American University To Offer First Online Doctorate Program With Noodle Partners

Noodle Partners announced today that it will be launching its first-ever online doctorate program with the American University School of Education. Set to launch this Fall, the EdD will be the only practice-oriented doctoral program on campus. "In order to make meaningful improvement in the quality of education, education leaders need to be prepared to be systemic change agents, ready to create impact," School of Education Dean Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy said. 

Source: benzinga | Cision PR Newswire

Online Program Management - Arcadia University

Arcadia University Partners with 2U, Inc. to Deliver Two New Hybrid Degrees for Healthcare and Medical Professionals

Arcadia University has contracted to offer two clinically-integrated hybrid graduate degree programs to healthcare and medical professionals in collaboration with 2U, Inc. The hybrid model allows programs to deliver dynamic course content building upon the University's commitment to academic excellence without requiring students to relocate to Arcadia's campuses.

Source: Cision PR Newswire

Textbooks - Duquesne University

XanEdu partners with Duquesne University Press

Duquesne University Press, which has a long and rich tradition of scholarly publishing in a variety of subject areas, has just selected XanEdu to be the print and fulfillment partner for Duquesne University Press books.

Source: XanEdu News

Justin Menard