Two of Idaho’s two-year schools want to offer four-year degrees — despite objections from Idaho’s four-year schools. Board members are about to pick sides.
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.
In 173 days, mainstream and hardline Republicans will square off for control of the Legislature. At its essence, this is a debate over the proper role of government, in education, infrastructure and tax policy.
Idaho’s top two statewide elected officials said Wednesday that the state is well-positioned to ride out economic uncertainty created by the collision of inflation and high interest rates with rapid growth officials are still taking stock of. Gov. Brad Little and Lt. Gov. Scott Bedke were among the speakers during the 77th annual Associated Taxpayers…
Are you confused about the University of Idaho’s complex and controversial bid to buy the University of Phoenix? Or just straight-up exhausted by all the developments? Catch up here.
Other four-year schools also oppose the College of Western Idaho’s proposed foray into bachelor’s programs — and a similar proposal from the College of Eastern Idaho.
Attorney General Raúl Labrador’s office and the State Board of Education have spent months arguing about closed meetings. They’re also fighting about legal bills that already exceed $81,000.
The University of Phoenix’s accreditors have signed off on the deal, which would move the for-profit online university under the U of I’s umbrella. But other obstacles remain.