Putting OPM Usage in US Higher Education Into Perspective

tl;dr - a minority of institutions use an OPM partner

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A reader recently asked us about how many higher education institutions in the US are working with OPMs. This is a topic we have been exploring, especially since there appears to be some misperceptions about the extent of OPM penetration of the market and whether revenue-sharing as an option is dying off. We thought it would be useful to share a quick analysis with premium subscribers.

Scope of our analysis

For the purposes of this inquiry we wanted to limit ourselves to the use of an OPM to support for-credit Title IV eligible classes. This means that for now we aren’t interested in bootcamps, pathways programs, executive education, or franchise/new market providers - some of the additional categories that go beyond degree-based programs.

Nailing down the number of contracts has its challenges.

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