Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

Taking a Step Back — Middlebury to Sell Stake in Online Language Learning Provider

“Middlebury College is ending its at times controversial online education partnership with K12, with administrators at the college citing the experience gained but also the ‘tensions’ of working with a for-profit company.

Middlebury, which owns a 40 percent stake in the company bearing its name, has a strong reputation for high-quality language learning programs. MIL was seen as a strategic move for the college to expand its reach online — and perhaps create a new revenue stream — but the choice of a for-profit partner gave some faculty members pause.

Those doubts never quite dissipated.”

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