Educational Advisors

Industry News

Why private companies are crucial to innovations in online education

Why private companies are crucial to innovations in online education

Higher Ed Dive

Chip Paucek
February 16, 2023
As President Biden said in his recent State of the Union address, “Any nation that out-educates us will out-compete us.” Yet in the past two decades, the U.S. has fallen from second to 16th compared to other countries in the percentage of adults ages 25 to 34 who’ve earned a bachelor’s degree or higher.
This shows the status quo is not a recipe for solving the near-term labor shortage or engineering the innovations needed to be competitive globally long-term.
As the world undergoes massive technological innovation, the traditional approach of relying solely on government-run institutions is no longer sufficient to meet the diverse needs and demands of the 21st century. We must not only allow — but insist — that our leading technology companies deliver innovation to education.
Companies like 2U are already leading the charge: For more than 15 years, we’ve been partnering with leading nonprofit universities and institutions to build, deliver and support online programs that expand access, affordability and innovation in education.
But on Jan. 31, Rep. Rosa DeLauro wrote an op-ed in Higher Ed Dive full of inaccurate and misleading statements about the effect that public-private partnerships, the online education industry at large, and 2U have on student outcomes and tuition prices.
This is precisely the type of antiquated thinking that has made higher education so inaccessible for so many people for so long.
It is time to stop villainizing public-private partnerships in higher education. It is time to ask why a member of Congress, who describes herself as an education advocate, opposes innovations that make high-quality education more accessible to more Americans.
Continue Reading

We have worked with schools across the nation who are accredited by national and regional agencies such as:

National Association of Schools of Art and Design