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USC’s Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work is facing a budget crisis so immense, nearly half the staff may lose their jobs.

How did this happen to the largest social work school in the world?  https://lat.ms/2wELW5L 

After the school rolled out an online master’s program, its student body exploded from about 900 in 2010 to 3,500 in 2016, write @latimesharriet and @matthjourno.  https://lat.ms/2JcjHn9 

What became clear?
➡️ Hiring staff for the program proved costly
➡️ Fees for the digital learning platform ate up revenue
➡️ Less costly programs came on the market
➡️ The push to fill online classes let in less qualified students, which some say hurt the school’s reputation

As the social work school struggles, there is growing scrutiny about the relationship with 2U, Inc., the digital learning company that partnered with USC for online degree programs.

2U relies on USC for about a fifth of its revenue.  https://lat.ms/2wELW5L 


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