Additional Points on 2U's Acquisition of edX
Nov 18, 2021
This is a good look at there 2U and the online program manager (OPM) market in general are going, at least in the United States. Quoting Michael Feldstein, Phil Hill observes "MIT and Harvard betrayed their commitment to their partners and to the ostensibly public-good mission of EdX," but notes, "And yet . . . no institutions have left the edX program, and we’re already seeing 2U partners joining edX." I wonder whether this isn't just institutional short-sightedness. What happens when 2U decides it has enough leverage over educational institutions that it can start essentially acquiring them? Ah - but maybe that's what the business-minded boards have in mind. But probably not so the professors.