WCET's 28th Annual Meeting
The Growth of Alternative Providers: Competitors, Partners, or Both?

Moderator: , Director, Policy and Analysis, WCET
Speaker: , Executive Director, Quality Matters
Speaker: , CEO, StraighterLine
Speaker: , Senior Policy Advisor, U.S. Department of Education


This is a growing industry of postsecondary education providers who exist outside of traditional institutions and the current accreditation structures. Some are providing educational offerings that equal or surpass college courses and do so at a fraction of the price to students. Recently, the Department of Education created an “experimental” program to allow partnerships between alternative providers and traditional colleges so that their students would gain access to financial aid. Join our session to learn how this growth presents opportunities and pitfalls to traditional colleges