Micromanaging Higher Ed Won’t Help Students
Jun 2022

Micromanaging Higher Ed Won’t Help Students

Education wonks in Washington have once again worked themselves in a tizzy trying to micromanage how colleges and universities serve students.

Rather than waste time trying to create universal rules and regulations to govern how universities should operate and what contracts they may or may not enter into, regulators should instead focus on actually helping students.

How? By making the outcomes from all higher education programs far clearer so that students can make more informed decisions about where to enroll that best meets their needs.

In the latest round of micromanagement musings, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report detailing the practices of so-called online program managers, or OPMs.

OPMs are companies that work with colleges and universities like Morehouse College, Harvard University, Amherst College George Mason University to help create and operate their online programs.


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