Academic Entrepreneurship

Strategic Sourcing of Services & External Partnerships

The Online Program Management team maintains university-level contractual partnerships that can help academic units add capacity and proven business processes needed to launch a program. Staffing augmentation paid services, and capital outlay can all be obtained for new programs via Online Program Management vendors. The Online Program Management team can apply lessons learned from past program launches to help you select the right partner and negotiate the terms of service:

  • How to liaison with MSU IT and college resources to assist your faculty
  • Negotiating per-program capital outlay for startup costs
  • Negotiating revenue sharing or fee-for-service with OPM partners/vendors
  • MSU Revenue Based Initiative (RBI) qualification and approval
  • Deciding what to build or buy (examples
    • Market and Program Viability Research
    • Instructional Design
    • Video Production
    • Marketing and Student Recruitment 
    • Enrollment Management and Retention
    • Learner Support Services

Academic Entrepreneurship

We have extensive experience with navigating the internal MSU landscape (offices, process, and approvals needed) to help you create innovative or community-engaged academic programs for new audiences.

Our team can help you strategize, design and implement innovative programmatic ideas that generally require assistance and approval from a diverse set of MSU stakeholders like: the Provost's office, Office for Financial Planning and Budgets, MSU Outreach and Engagement, MSU Purchasing, or the Office of General Counsel. We have years of experience navigating this landscape and assisting with the development of new programming serving continuing education learners. We have assisted with the development and approval of a variety of non-credit programs, CEU granting continuing education, boot camps, partnerships with external research centers and instant access massively open online courses.

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The Online Program Management team provides early and mid-stage consulting for emerging programs and program re-designs, using an inquiry-based approach.

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