EXCLUSIVE: ‘The dollar store of higher education:’ Skeptics say the Phoenix purchase would cheapen the U of I brand
Emails are the closest the public got to a public hearing on the University of Idaho's proposal. EdNews spoke to six people who spoke up against the $685 million megadeal in May — hours before the State Board signed on.
EXCLUSIVE: Two days in May: Inside the frenzied rush to approve — and oppose — the Phoenix purchase
Idaho Education News reviewed emails to and from State Board of Education members, obtained through a public records request. The unearthed emails provide a narrative of the 24 hours leading up to the State Board’s approval of the University of Idaho's purchase of the University of Phoenix.
U of I demands $2,400 to review — and perhaps release — Phoenix public records
The bill centers on Idaho Education News' request for records mentioning "Project Neptune," a code name for the University of Phoenix. And it comes as Boise State University's approach to public records is also under fresh scrutiny.
President Green: U of Phoenix purchase is vital to U of I’s long-term viability
If the U of I doesn’t expand, it will be left to compete in a shrinking market, for a limited number of college-bound 18- to 22-year-olds. “Frankly, in my opinion, not all institutions in this country will survive,” Green said in an Idaho Education News podcast interview.