Private Computer Science and Web Design School in Rhode Island?

Rhode Island lawmakers are facing a tough decision regarding a privately owned web design and computer science school’s application to open up shop in the state.

For years, the state has officially viewed education as a non-profit endeavor and has expressed views that private education institutions lead to higher rates of drop-outs.

A privately owned school specializing in computer science and web design is seeking a location for a new campus in Providence, Rhode Island, but authorities aren’t making it easy on them.

Now, there is a bill in Rhode Island to allow Utah-based Neumont University, which offers the web design school program, to set up in the state. Some state officials think that allowing the private school to open in providence will also open the door for more private institutions to move in on the largely non-profit school sector and this is a result they want to avoid.

The computer science school claims that the state needs web design and computer science specialists and is looking to fulfill the need for this type of training in the area.

Opponents like Dan Egan of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Rhode Island disagree, saying that private web design schools are not needed to fill this area of demand at all. According to Dan McGowen of GoLocalProv, Egan said that the state’s current institutions offer more degrees in these fields than Neumont will. This raises the question for some as to the real motivation for a bill entered for discussion by legislatures in the state and there are rumors of financial ties between involved entities.

Although this could equal great financial gain for the state, is it appropriate for Rhode Island to change its education laws to allow the private web design school to open? The opponents say absolutely not.


  1. Guy Proulx says

    Rhode Island has neither a supply or demand problem in these areas. There are hundreds of unfilled openings in existing RI colleges for these programs and just as importantly a dearth of entry level job opportunities. Unfortunately this would be another Katharine Gibbs College story, bold promises of fulfilling job market needs, and when they fail to materialize, the shareholders will demand closure. We have painfully gone through this once already and the result was students uprooted in the middle of their programs and the remaining not- for- profit colleges left to pick up the pieces. Letting any for- profit college in to RI is simply bad public policy. Once we start cannibalizing our existing institutions we jeopardize their stability to offer programs and maintain employment levels.I have no agenda against Neumont, they have every right to try and make a dollar, the problem is it creates a public policy that inherently weakens our proven higher education system. One of the few areas that is not broken in RI is the higher education delivery system.