Business Commentary for Rational Individuals

eCollege and National University to Continue Their Relationship

Dr. Bill Belew

Issue II - June 18, 2006

Introduction by Mr. Stolyarov: Two for-profit educational services -- eCollege and National University -- are collaborating to extend education to more students and increase student retention rates; they are also making money while doing it. Dr. Bill Belew comments on these organizations and further illustrates the benefits of for-profit education. 

eCollege provides value-added information services to the post-secondary and K-12 industries. Its customers include publicly traded fopros, community colleges, public and private universities, school districts, and state departments of education. Its mission is to help increase new enrollments and increase student retention.

National University is my alma mater. It includes National University, National Polytechnic College of Engineering and Oceaneering, Spectrum Pacific Learning Company LLC, National University Virtual High School, California Medical Institute, National University International, and National University Institute. Whew! That's a lot.

eCollege is committed to excellent customer service and partnership and unparalleled product division.

NU is is committed to providing access to higher education to a diverse population of non-traditional students.

Both of these commitments are the words of nearly all fopros.

Both of these entities are committed to providing an excellent service and making a profit doing it.

What's wrong with that?


Dr. Bill Belew is a former Intelligence Officer for a Destroyer Squadron. He lived 20 years in Japan, where he started a language school for Japanese ECS. Dr. Belew teaches classes for a vocational school and online for a national university.

See Dr. Belew's blog, PanAsianBiz, for news and discussions about business and current events in Russia and Asia. See ZhongHuaRising for Dr. Belew's reports on business in China, RisingSunofNihon on business in Japan, and TheBizofKnowledge on business education.

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