by Paul Fain
"The shuttering of Ivy Bridge College could dump cold water on the online aspirations of some colleges, particularly ones that prefer to play it safe with their regional accreditor.
"A growing number of colleges are teaming up with outside firms to ramp up their online offerings. Those unaccredited partners include companies like Academic Partnerships, 2U, Udacity, Coursera and Altius Education, which jointly managed Ivy Bridge.
"It’s up to accrediting agencies to decide where to draw the line on the outsourcing of parts of academic programs. Ivy Bridge apparently went too far, at least according to standards set by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools."