Request #17-429
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To whom it may concern:

Hi - I am doing research on Universities and their use of third party Online Program Managers to create online equivalent degrees of on-campus programs.

Specifically, I'm looking to understand the contractual arrangements between University of North Carolina Chapel Hill (“UNC”) and 2U Inc. (“TWOU”). I would like to review the Master Service Agreements (“MSAs”) that UNC has in place with TWOU; to date my understanding is that UNC has several MSAs:

  1. Kenan-Flagler Business School to provide an online MBA and Masters of Accounting (July 2011)
  2. School of Government to provide a Master’s in Public Administration (January 2013)
  3. An agreement to provide Master’s in Public Health (Expected August 2018)

The reason I am requesting this information is to better understand the incentives and potential conflict of interests that may be inherent in these MSAs. This information should be of great interest to the public as one can envision third party Online Program Managers being incentivized to re-direct students to highest tuition degrees and highest revenue share paying Universities, diverting them from a better fit University / Degree that may be lower tuition or where a University is paying the Online Program Manager a lower revenue share. Please reach out with any questions or comments.

I prefer copies in electronic format (emailed to me), as I hope this will expedite my request.

The law requires that you respond to and fulfill this request "as promptly as possible."  If you expect a significant delay in responding to and fulfilling this request, please contact me with information about when I might expect copies or the ability to inspect the requested records.

If you deny any or all of this request, please cite each specific exemption you feel justifies the refusal to release the information and notify me of the appeal procedures available to me under the law.

Thank you for considering my request.


Received

August 22, 2017 via web


Departments

None Assigned


Requester

Lawrence Li

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Point of Contact

Public Records Office

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The information that follows is being provided to you in accordance with the North Carolina Public Records Act. This request has been fully processed and is closed.

Sincerely,

 

The Public Records Office

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

April 16, 2018, 10:27am
Document(s) Released Public
MBA and MAC @UNC PUBLIC RECORDS COPY.pdf
MPA@UNC PUBLIC RECORDS COPY.pdf
MPH@UNC PUBLIC RECORDS COPY.pdf
April 16, 2018, 10:26am
Request Reopened Public
April 16, 2018, 10:22am
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New documents or requested information have been posted to your request. The documents are being provided to you in accordance with the North Carolina Public Records Act.  This request has been fully processed and is closed.

 

Sincerely,

 

The Public Records Office

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

October 19, 2017, 3:04pm
Document(s) Released to Requester Public
2017.08.22 _ Li _ Response 10.19.2017.pdf
October 19, 2017, 3:03pm
Request Published Public
August 22, 2017, 3:54pm
Request Opened Public
Request received via web
August 22, 2017, 3:18pm