Kansas School Stirs Debate Over Outsourced Classes

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

HAYS, Kan. (AP) _ Fort Hays State University is outsourcing some of its coursework.

The public university in Hays has developed a novel arrangement with online course provider StraighterLine, which offers introductory subjects like economics and English composition.

The school will accept credits from the company, listing them on transcripts under the Fort Hays State name.

Some on campus think the arrangement could hurt the university's academic reputation.

But university officials say it's a recruiting tool, encouraging those who sign up for the online courses to continue their education through the university.

So far, Fort Hays has credentialed coursework for about 64 StraighterLine students but none have formally transferred into the university.

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