Pearson Education and the University of Phoenix Collaborate to Move Course Materials to Electronic Delivery

Pearson Education Custom Publishing to become key provider of e-textbooks for the Apollo Group’s University of Phoenix and its other subsidiaries.

Pearson Education, the world’s largest education business and the University of Phoenix, the largest private university in the United States, today announced a partnership which will accelerate the University’s move to convert its course materials to electronic delivery. The University of Phoenix is a subsidiary of the Apollo Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: APOL).

The collaboration will establish Pearson Education, through its Pearson Custom Publishing Division, as a key provider of e-textbooks for the University of Phoenix. Apollo’s other subsidiaries - the Institute for Professional Development, the College for Financial Planning and Western International University – will also benefit from the partnership.

Utilizing content from leading Pearson Education imprints Prentice Hall, Addison Wesley, Allyn & Bacon and Longman, custom electronic materials will be created covering a broad spectrum of disciplines including nursing, business, math, science and art history, among others. Pearson Custom Publishing will be the exclusive provider of content in the criminal justice program and will also provide content across all professional disciplines. The tailor-made electronic resources will be custom published to create e-textbooks that fit perfectly into the unique educational system of the Apollo Group.

“Apollo’s decision to use electronic materials and learning resources for all of our students – both on campus and online - is a major strategic initiative,” said Dr. John Sperling, Apollo Group chairman and CEO. “Our partnership with Pearson Education will further our efforts to provide the highest quality, leading edge materials to our students.”

“The Pearson Custom Publishing Group brings our market leading experience to our collaboration with the Apollo Group, whose initiatives in offering electronic content delivery to their students have been unprecedented,” said Will Ethridge, president of the Pearson Higher Education and Professional Group. “Our companies represent a best-of-breed partnership which I believe will be instrumental in setting the standard for electronic publishing in the higher education arena.”

About Pearson Education

With offices in 30 countries, Pearson Education is the world’s largest education business. Its leading brands include, Addison Wesley, Allyn & Bacon, Benjamin Cummings, Longman, Prentice Hall, Pearson Learning, Scott Foresman, and NCS Pearson. Pearson Education is the global leader in online learning through its CoursecCompass program (, 1,800 textbook companion websites, NCS Learn, and the InformIT portal for technology professionals. Pearson’s Learning Network,, brings online education to all Internet users via four interactive networks: K-12, Higher Education, Professional Development and Lifelong Learning. Pearson is the global education business of Pearson plc, the international media group. For more information, visit


About Apollo Group, Inc.

Apollo Group, Inc. has been providing higher education programs to working adults for over 25 years. Apollo Group, Inc., operates through its subsidiaries The University of Phoenix, Inc., Institute for Professional Development, The College for Financial Planning Institutes Corporation, Western International University, Inc. and Apollo Learning Group, Inc. The consolidated enrollment in its educational programs makes it the largest private institution of higher education in the United States. It offers educational programs and services at 58 campuses and 102 learning centers in 36 states, Puerto Rico, and Vancouver, British Columbia. Combined degree enrollment was 116,800 students as of May 31, 2001. For more information about Apollo Group, Inc. and its subsidiaries, call (800) 990-APOL or visit Apollo on the World Wide Web at http:///

For more information, contact:

Tanya Husain


Director of Corporate Communications


Pearson Higher Education and Professional Group


317.581.4824 (voice)

For more information on the Apollo Group, contact:

Christopher Katis


Morgen-Walke Associates, Inc.