Vendor Partnerships: How Cozy Is Too Cozy?
Times are tight, and state funding seems to dry up further with each new budgeting cycle. Perhaps, some colleges and universities administrators suggest, it is time to consider a partnership with an outside corporation, crafted for the benefit of both. The thought usually brings a visceral reaction from those for whom partnering with a for-profit company is tantamount to selling one's institutional soul to the devil. Their fears may have some foundation in the well-publicized experiences of financially strapped K-12 districts.