Opportunities on the Horizon as UA System Acquires Kansas-Based Online Institution

MORRILTON, AR (August 11, 2021) — The Board of Trustees of the University of Arkansas unanimously passed a resolution today to acquire Grantham University (Lenexa, KS), which will join the state’s premiere higher education system as a second fully online institution alongside eVersity.

The deal is expected to get the necessary vote from Grantham University’s board tomorrow, and eventually meet other necessary regulatory approvals and be finalized this fall. UA System President Dr. Donald R. Bobbitt said the ultimate plan is for newly acquired Grantham, which has more than 4,000 active students, to merge with eVersity to create a streamlined, robust fully online institution that will offer 60 credentials, including graduate programs.

“At eVersity we have developed award-winning online courses and programs and found success serving students in Arkansas who stopped out of their education before completion,” said Dr. Michael Moore, vice president for academic affairs for the System and chief academic/operating officer at eVersity. “Our main challenge has been growing our reach with limited resources for marketing our programs in and outside of Arkansas. This acquisition enhances our system’s ability to reach the increasingly important adult student population and adds a portfolio of high-quality, affordable degree programs to those we already offer at eVersity.”

Moore said the first step for the UA System is to continue moving toward finalizing and closing the acquisition that establishes Grantham University as a stand-alone institution within the UA System, and then strategically begin work toward merging its two fully online institutions.

“We believe we have an opportunity to carve out a share of the high-quality online education market in our region,” Moore said. “This will allow us to serve our educational mission and diversify the revenue of our system during a time when public funding for higher education across the country is not increasing.”

Moore said faculty, staff and students at both Grantham and eVersity will continue to operate as normal for the foreseeable future and should view the acquisition as an opportunity that will eventually “give us the tools to touch more lives and have greater reach to offer a unified, streamlined and enhanced online learning opportunity.”