CMU considering work with online contractor

Colorado Mesa University is considering becoming the first client of a start-up company that partners with traditional universities to expand their online degree programs.

Employees of Evanston, Ill.-based Everspring Inc. hosted a question-and-answer session with CMU faculty Tuesday afternoon at Grand Mesa Residence Hall. Everspring President Beth Hollenberg told faculty the company would offer technological, student-coaching, and marketing and enrollment services to Colorado Mesa in hopes of increasing the school’s online-only student population to as many as 7,000 students over the next few years. The university would handle decision-making and operation of the online programs, she said.

“All of our resources will go into building a specific online university for you,” Hollenberg said.

If Colorado Mesa enters into a contract with Everspring, the school will become the newly formed company’s first partner. When asked by a professor why the university was considering a partnership with an untested company, CMU Vice President of Academic Affairs Carol Futhey responded Everspring approached the school and shared ideas administration found intriguing.

Futhey refused to answer media questions following the hourlong meeting and no other administrators remained throughout the meeting, leaving unanswered the questions of why Colorado Mesa is considering an expansion of its online programming and how much it may pay Everspring for a contract.

Colorado Mesa offers online classes in a variety of programs and four degrees can be earned solely through online courses.


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