Pearson Education to customize online math program for DeVry University

Results show dramatic improvement in student performance with MyMathLab, Pearson's online homework and tutorial platform

Upper Saddle River, N.J. - Pearson Education (NYSE:PSO) today announced an agreement with DeVry University, Inc., a division of DeVry Inc. (NYSE:DV), one of the largest publicly held international higher education companies, to customize Pearson's MyMathLab online courses for DeVry students nationwide.  The MyMathLab homework and tutorial platform will be implemented at the 69 DeVry locations where the university offers its undergraduate programs and available to 43,000 students enrolled in both onsite and online programs.

The world's leading education company, Pearson Education will customize content from its mathematics textbooks to align with DeVry University's "mastery learning" strategy, recently adopted to ease the initiation to college-level math for DeVry's large and diverse student body.

"Mastery learning is an educational philosophy that increases student success by providing students with feedback and correctives geared to the needs of each individual learner," said DeVry Vice President of Academic Affairs, Patrick Mayers.  "MyMathLab provides the curriculum content and computer-based tools and applications to support this learning methodology."

Don Kilburn, president of Pearson Custom Solutions, said, "We've been working closely with DeVry for over a year to create a customized math program for their undergraduate students.  We hope this is just the beginning of a relationship that is centered around a commitment to education innovation and achieving the mastery learning goal set for DeVry University students."

With MyMathLab's broad suite of powerful tools and multimedia content, including videos, animations, and eBook references, students are better able to master challenging math concepts, working at their own pace. MyMathLab courses are personalized and adaptive to the math competence of the individual student and include diagnostics that identify each student's competencies and then direct them to tutorials for mastery of particular topics.  Faculty and students report that MyMathLab reduces math anxiety and builds student confidence.

Experience with MyMathLab is demonstrating that instructors have more time to spend assisting individual students, especially since the program automatically grades homework, quizzes and exams.  The MyMathLab platform brings significant benefits to faculty and administration with its assessment and grading capability, diagnostic tools and tracking and reporting of students' progress.

According to Jim Behnke, Pearson Higher Education's Chief Publishing Officer,  "Students are experiencing success with my MyMathLab at 400 two- and four-year colleges across the country, and virtually all of them have seen student success rates improve, many jumping from 50 percent to 80 percent or higher.  These gains tell us that the program is truly working."  Behnke noted that the combination of a supportive learning environment and the MyMathLab homework and tutorial platform is enabling students to close the gap in their math competency while building the confidence and motivation that will benefit their academic performance and professional careers.  He added, "Colleges are reporting that with the implementation of MyMathLab, they have been able to demonstrate improvement in student performance and retention at a cost savings for the institution."

Pearson is currently training 200 DeVry University math faculty and will provide on-going support to all DeVry locations.

About DeVry University

As one of the largest degree-granting higher education systems in North America, DeVry University provides high-quality, career-oriented associate, bachelor's and master's degree programs in technology, business and management.  Approximately 53,000 students are enrolled at its 78 locations that are in 21 states and Canada, as well as through DeVry University Online.  DeVry University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association (NCA).  DeVry University, a division of DeVry Inc. (NYSE: DV), is based in Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.  For more information about DeVry University, visit

About MyMathLab

Powered by CourseCompass and MathXL, Pearson Higher Education's MyMathLab is a series of text-specific online courses that accompany over 150 Addison-Wesley and Prentice Hall textbooks in Mathematics and Statistics.  Since 2001 more than one million students have improved their math scores with MyMathLab's easy-to-use online homework, guided solutions, multi-media, tests, and eBooks.  Pearson provides training and support to the more than 400 two and four-year colleges adopting the MyMathLab platform. For more information, visit

About Pearson Custom Solutions

Pearson Custom Solutions is the recognized leader in the industry and known globally for its unrivaled combination of resources, experience, and depth of knowledge.  For 30 years Pearson Custom has provided the tools and services to help individual educators in virtually any field teach in his or her own way.  Whether in print, digital or video, instructors in the undergraduate, graduate or professional ranks have benefited from our expertise in developing customized projects ?  ranging from authoring original educational materials in online and textbook format (or combined) to building programs from our library of copyrighted content, or reorganizing existing text.  Custom Solutions also offers program, curricula, and course development services. For more information, visit .

About Pearson Education

Educating 100 million people worldwide, Pearson Education is the global leader in educational publishing. With brands such as Pearson Prentice Hall, Pearson Longman, Pearson Addison Wesley, and many others, Pearson Education provides quality content, assessment tools and educational services in all available media, spanning the learning curve from birth through college and beyond. Pearson Education is part of Pearson (NYSE: PSO), the international media company. Pearson's primary operations also include the Financial Times Group and the Penguin Group.

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Kate Miller