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Enabled or Disabled by a For-Profit Partnership? Why Bethel University Chose not to Partner with an Online Enabler.

Date Thursday, July 28, 2016
Noon - 1 p.m.
FeaturingDr. Randy Bergen
Location Online
RegistrationPlease register to let us know you plan to attend. We will send you information about accessing this online session prior to the event. Register

Event Description

Within the current higher education landscape, many institutions are partnering or considering partnerships with for-profit companies called online enablers. These companies specialize in supporting online education and offer a variety of services, from marketing and recruitment to curriculum design, faculty hiring, and instruction.

Please join us for the opportunity to hear about Bethel University's process of reviewing potential online enablers and ultimately deciding to not hire an outside vendor and, instead, devoting resources to bolster internal departments and budgets.

You will be hearing from Dr. Randy Bergen, a leader in Bethel's decision-making process. Dr. Bergen chaired the team that spent approximately nine months evaluating numerous online enablers before ultimately deciding to expand online education without their support.

Dr. Bergen works in the president’s office at Bethel and has also served as a dean, provost, and interim president at another private college. He has experience in launching an online initiative at his former institution, as well as extensive experience with university budgeting. In addition to his duties in the president’s office, he teaches an online course in Bethel’s Ed.D. in Leadership in Higher Education program on higher education resources.


Contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at 651.635.8000 or 800.255.8706, ext. 8000, or gs@bethel.edu.


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