The University of Guelph is considering partnering with Navitas, a for-profit company, to attract more international students to the university. Navitas offers a pathway program for students who do not meet the university's standards, providing them with additional courses and English language proficiency training before entering second year in one of their partner universities. However, the university's committee is concerned that this partnership may exploit international students and that the value of public education may decrease as a result of private companies creeping in.
The committee is also worried about the additional costs that international students will have to pay for Navitas' programs, which can range from $3,000 to $24,000. Faculty members are also concerned about intellectual property rights, as they fear that their course outlines and work may be used by the professors hired by Navitas. Some faculty members are taking precautions by removing their course outlines from online databases.
To attract more international students, the university has also hired an international recruiter, and they are exploring different avenues besides Navitas. The partnership with Navitas is the only for-profit avenue they have considered so far.