Many companies now offer academic services. Here's how to team up successfully.
Colleges have historically leaned on private companies for services wholly separate from the classroom, like construction and dining services. But as they respond to tight budgets, demands for stronger work-force preparation, and students’ wide-ranging needs, many institutions are now tapping outside vendors to provide academic-related services. Some examples: online-program management, experiential learning, and virtual reality in the classroom.
The closer to student learning these partnerships move, the more critical it is for colleges to engage faculty members early and establish safeguards that assure institutional control. The process doesn't end once a contract is signed: A partnership needs constant attention and evaluation to keep it on track.
Purchase this report to learn how to:
- Determine when it makes sense to engage an outside partner, and who should be part of the decision-making process.
- Approach the competitive-bidding process and identify the strongest partner for the job.
- Navigate federal regulations and develop a contract that helps protect your college from risks.
- Set goals and metrics to hold your institution, and your vendor, accountable.
Date: February 2023
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