Max Denning

Eastern Oregon University will not be partnering with Pearson Online Learning Services for its resources as an online program management company, university president Tom Insko announced Thursday.

In August 2017, EOU requested proposals from online program management companies. OPMs are third-party for-profit companies that assist universities in developing online curriculum and marketing strategies.

Three OPM companies submitted proposals to EOU, and two were invited to campus in October 2017 — The Learning House and Pearson Online Learning Services.

In December 2017, Insko and David Vande Pol, executive director of regional outreach and innovation at EOU, decided the university should explore the possibility of partnering with Pearson, and they presented this plan to the board of trustees at the February trustees meeting. The original timeline was to have a partnership decided on by May; however, Insko decided to postpone the decision to November to allow for faculty and staff to be back on campus before any decisions were made.

But now, with the rejection of Pearson, Insko has announced he will not be making a recommendation to the board in November on an OPM to partner with, according to a press release from EOU.

See more in Friday's edition of The Observer.