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  • Pearson Expands Online Degree Partnership with Duquesne University

    New Health Administration Program Joins Top-Ranked Online Degree Programs

    PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA– Today, Pearson and Duquesne University announced the launch of a new online Master of Health Administration program for the University’s John G. Rangos, Sr. School of Health Sciences. The program will begin in the 2019 fall semester and offer concentrations in health informatics and data analytics, population health and the first concentration of its kind- healthcare compliance and risk management.

    The health administration program builds off the success of the partnership between Pearson and Duquesne University’s School of Nursing programs, launched in 2017 to increase access to online nursing degrees.

    “Duquesne University is one of the top health sciences schools in the nation and we are thrilled to continue our partnership to help students make progress in their lives through learning,” said Iwan Streichenberger, president of Pearson Online Learning Services.

    "We are delighted to launch this exciting partnership with Pearson to provide both working professionals and traditional learners access to one of the most rigorous and innovative online Master of Health Administration (MHA) programs in the country," said Dr. Fevzi Akinci, dean and professor of Duquesne University’s John G. Rangos, Sr. School of Health Sciences. "Our students will be able to personalize their learning experiences through flexible course scheduling, carefully-crafted concentrations and real-word capstone projects. Consistent with our Spiritan mission, we are committed to preparing highly skilled and socially responsible future healthcare leaders regionally, nationally, and internationally."

    Pearson provides comprehensive online program management (OPM) services and partners with more than 40 higher education institutions across the country and around the globe to implement and sustain over 300 undergraduate and graduate programs, which have produced more than 80,000 graduates.

    About Pearson

    We are the world’s learning company operating in 70 countries around the world with more than 24,000 employees, providing a range of products and services that help people make progress in their lives through learning. For more information visit:  www.pearson.com

    About Duquesne University

    Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. Duquesne, a campus of nearly 9,500 graduate and undergraduate students, has been nationally recognized for its academic programs, community service and commitment to sustainability. Follow Duquesne University on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
    www.duq.edu.

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  • Pearson Announces Partnerships with Four New Connections Academy Virtual Schools for the 2019-2020 School Year

    Two new online public schools in California and one in Minnesota to deliver the Connections Academy program to more K-12 students in these states, while families in Tennessee gain access to the accredited program for the first time

    COLUMBIA, Md., May 7, 2019 -- Pearson announces four new full-time virtual public schools will deliver its Connections Academy virtual school program for grades K-12 in the 2019-2020 school year. Two new regional schools in California will serve students in Central Coast and Monterey Bay, while Falcon View Connections Academy in Minnesota will serve students statewide. Students across Tennessee will gain access to the Connections Academy program for the first time with the approval of the statewide Tennessee Connections Academy.

    Pearson-supported virtual schools currently serve over 70,000 students in 28 states.

    "Connections Academy virtual schools fit squarely with the company's vision of the digital transformation of education and highlight Pearson's commitment to K-12 education. We are pleased to bring online school to more learners who want a high quality alternative to the traditional classroom and look forward to working with these new schools and authorizers who make this form of education possible," commented Tom ap Simon, managing director for Pearson's Online & Blended Learning division.

    Since 2001, Connections Academy schools have used technology to deliver a new way for students to go to public school; offering flexibility and a personalized approach to learning. The online school model enables teachers to work one-on-one with students, tailoring instruction to the student needs and learning styles. Students work from home or any location where the student learns best. A parent or other adult serves as a Learning Coach and monitors student progress.

    Students and their families choose Connections Academy schools for a variety of reasons. The 2019 Connections Academy parent survey shows top reasons for enrollment include a desire for: flexibility (48%), a different public school (37%), a safe environment (36%), more involvement with child's education (25%). Twenty-three percent of parents say they enrolled their child to avoid bullying, while 17% have a child with health issues.

    To learn more about Connections Academy schools, visit www.connectionsacademy.com.

    About Connections Academy

    Since 2001, Connections Academy online schools have delivered high-quality online education to students in grades K through 12. Hallmarks of the program include personalized learning, flexibility to learn where and when students learn best, certified teachers, an award-winning, standards-aligned curriculum, technology tools, and a rich online school community. For more information, call 888-410-6502 or visit http://www.ConnectionsAcademy.com. Connections Academy is part of the global learning company Pearson.

    About Pearson

    We are the world's learning company operating in 70 countries around the world with more than 24,000 employees, providing a range of products and services that help people make progress in their lives through learning.

    Media Contact

    Allison Bazin, Pearson
    +1 (609) 246-0275
    allison.bazin@pearson.com

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  • Pearson Expands Online Degree Partnership with Bradley University

    New Doctor of Education Joins Bradley’s Online Counseling, Nursing Programs Designed for Working Students

    PEORIA, ILLINOIS – Today, Pearson and Bradley University announced the expansion of their online degree partnership with the launch of a Doctor of Education. The degree program will have two tracks, one in pre K-12 educational leadership and one in higher education administration. Both tracks are designed for working students, and include action research courses that allow students to apply skills learned immediately within their organizations.

    This new doctorate will launch in the fall of 2019 and expands a partnership that currently includes a master of arts in counseling and a variety of graduate nursing degrees, a certificate and a Doctor of Nursing Practice.

    “Pearson’s partnership with Bradley University has already helped thousands of students further their careers without having to put life on hold,” said Iwan Streichenberger, president of Pearson Online Learning Services. “These offerings will build on Bradley’s existing online programs to give even more students the tools they need to take the next step in the vitally important field of education.”

    “We expect strong market demand for our Doctor of Education post masters, 48 semester hour program,” said Dr. Joan Sattler, dean of the College of Education and Health Sciences at Bradley University. “This program of excellence will add to Bradley University’s growing suite of graduate offerings providing choice for adult learners who wish to become a school superintendent or administrative leader in higher education.”

    Pearson provides comprehensive online program management (OPM) services and partners with more than 40 higher education institutions across the country and around the globe to implement and sustain over 300 undergraduate and graduate programs, which have produced more than 80,000 graduates.

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    About Pearson

    We are the world’s learning company with more than 24,000 employees in nearly 60 countries and a mission to help people make progress in their lives through learning. We combine world-class educational content and assessment, powered by services and technology, to enable more effective teaching and personalized learning at scale. We believe that wherever learning flourishes so do people.

    About Bradley University

    Established in 1897, Bradley University is a private, independent institution of higher learning located in Peoria, Illinois. Inspired by our founder, notable philanthropist Lydia Moss Bradley, we pursue excellence in teaching, research, scholarship and service, and we celebrate leadership, integrity, diversity and collaborative learning. Today, we offer an impressive array of more than 130 undergraduate, graduate and continuing education programs across five colleges and The Graduate School. Widely respected for our outstanding faculty and student-centered approach to learning, we’re able to provide the resources of a large public university—but with the personalized attention of a small private college. With more than 77,000 alumni worldwide, we are full of promise to become one of the nation’s best comprehensive academic institutions.

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  • Utah, Pearson Launch New Utah Aspire Plus Assessment Featuring Individual ACT Score Prediction

    Partnership offers hybrid assessment that aligns to state standards and offers personal benefits for students

    SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH – The Utah State Board of Education and Pearson announced the launch of the Utah Aspire Plus assessment, an unprecedented hybrid assessment that brings new benefits to ninth- and 10th-grade students. Designed in partnership with ACT, the assessment aligns to state standards and provides the important, reliable feedback teachers and administrators count on for instructional improvement, while introducing direct and personalized benefits for students.

    The Utah Aspire Plus prediction model works by taking advantage of the ACT Aspire® Early High School assessments’ built-in ability to project students’ ACT subject area and composite score range. Students and parents will receive a report that breaks down their predicted ACT composite score by subject area, affording students the opportunity to adjust their class schedules to shore up areas where they may need additional focused support.

    These personalized results will help students evaluate their readiness to take the important college admissions test as juniors, saving money on early “practice” tests and identifying subject areas that need the most attention.

    “Pearson is proud to be leading the shift in the education community towards fewer, better, fairer assessments, and Utah has been a terrific partner in making this a reality for students,” said Bob Whelan, president of assessment, Pearson. “Utah is truly leading the way with this new model of assessment, which combines the valuable insights of a traditional test with cutting edge predictive analytics to bring new benefits to teachers, districts, and students.”

    “Policy makers in Utah have heard the call for tests that are more aligned to the curriculum and provide meaningful feedback to students, said Darin Nielsen, assistant superintendent of student learning, Utah State Board of Education. “This new model embraces this sought-out change and we are excited to see the response from students, parents, and teachers across the state.”

    About Pearson

    We are the world’s learning company with more than 24,000 employees in nearly 60 countries and a mission to help people make progress in their lives through learning. We combine world-class educational content and assessment, powered by services and technology, to enable more effective teaching and personalized learning at scale. We believe that wherever learning flourishes so do people. For more information visit www.pearson.com.

    About Utah State Board of Education

    The 15-member elected Utah State Board of Education is constitutionally charged with the general control and supervision of the state’s K-12 public education system, which includes nearly 660,000 students and 36,000 licensed educators in more than 1,100 schools.

    Media Contact(s)

    Mark Peterson
    Public Relations Director, Utah State Board of Education
    Mark.Peterson@schools.utah.gov

    Scott Overland
    Director of Media Relations, Pearson
    Scott.Overland@pearson.com

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  • Pearson Launches Online Degree Partnership with Rider University

    Partnership Begins with MBA, MACC, Scaling up to 16 Programs by 2021

    LAWRENCEVILLE, NEW JERSEY – Today, Pearson and Rider University announced the launch of a new online master of business administration and master of accountancy degree program. Both programs are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), an honor held by only two percent of programs worldwide.

    These two degrees kick-off a partnership that will expand to 16 undergraduate and graduate programs by 2021. In the fall, the partnership will launch a master of arts in organizational leadership, master of arts in business communication and master of arts in health communication.

    “Pearson is excited to partner with Rider University to provide students the skills employers are asking for on a schedule that fits into their busy lives,” said Iwan Streichenberger, president of Pearson Online Learning Services. “These offerings will build on Rider’s existing online programs to give students the tools they need to take the next step in a number of growing career fields.”

    “Rider University’s commitment to the non-traditional learner dates back to the University itself,” said Boris Vilic, dean of the College of Continuing Studies at Rider University. “Established as a business school in 1865 to meet the needs of returning Civil War veterans, it included an evening program for students unable to attend classes during the day. Today, Rider is a vibrant comprehensive university whose graduates are leaders in their professions. Our partnership with Pearson is an extension of our historic commitment to providing educational programs and formats for working adults.”

    Pearson provides comprehensive online program management (OPM) services and partners with more than 40 higher education institutions across the country and around the globe to implement and sustain over 300 undergraduate and graduate programs, which have produced more than 80,000 graduates.

    About Pearson

    We are the world’s learning company with more than 24,000 employees in nearly 60 countries and a mission to help people make progress in their lives through learning. We combine world-class educational content and assessment, powered by services and technology, to enable more effective teaching and personalized learning at scale. We believe that wherever learning flourishes so do people.

    About Rider University

    Rider University welcomes students from throughout the region, across the nation, and around the world who seek to be challenged and supported as active members of our inclusive and vibrant living and learning community. Committed to student growth, transformation and leadership, we connect rigorous academic, artistic and professional programs of study with a rich array of learning experiences that engage students inside and outside the classroom. We prepare graduates to thrive professionally and to be lifelong independent learners and responsible citizens who embrace diversity, support the common good, and contribute meaningfully to the changing world in which they live and work.

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  • Pearson Realize™ Selected as Google for Education Premier Partner

    Pearson technology recognized for integration with Google Classroom

    NEW YORK, NY – January 22, 2019 – Pearson, the world’s learning company, today announced Pearson Realize™, its single sign-on platform for accessing thousands of learning resources, assessments, student data and management tools, is now a Google for Education Premier Partner. Pearson Realize is one of the first products from a major education company to achieve premier status in the Google for Education Partner Program.

    Realize empowers educators to customize materials, access student work and streamline planning. Students have access to thousands of interactive learning resources and assignments, including one of the largest libraries of online formative assessments. As a Google for Education Premier Partner, Realize is one of the first platforms to offer educators and students smooth integration, support and flexibility with Google Classroom. Teachers can import rosters from Google Classroom and create new classes in Realize. When they assign Realize content to students, scores flow into Realize and are recorded in Google Classroom as well.

    “For teachers and learners to realize the transformative power of digital learning in today’s classrooms, we must ensure they can quickly and easily access resources, assignments and assessments and that the systems they use on a daily basis are seamlessly integrated,” said Bethlam Forsa, managing director, Pearson US Learning Services. “We teamed up with Google to deliver that powerful, integrated digital learning experience to millions of students and teachers in classrooms around the country.”

    “Pearson’s partnership with Google Classroom to integrate Realize will give teachers greater autonomy to manage students quickly who are already set up in the system,” said Sheryl Winter, educational technologist at Springboro Community City Schools outside of Dayton, Ohio.

    "We are excited to welcome Pearson Realize as a Google for Education Premier Partner. Pearson’s Classroom integration will create a more seamless experience for educators using the platform alongside G Suite," said Emma Fish, Head of Google for Education Partnerships.

    Pearson US Learning Services provides educational content to grades K-12 in North America through print and digital instructional materials and professional services designed to deliver learning and teaching results. Pearson Realize and its new Google integration will be demonstrated at the 2019 Future of Educational Technology Conference (FETC), January 28-30 in Orlando.

    For more information go to: www.pearsonschool.com/realize

    About Pearson

    Pearson is the world’s learning company, with expertise in educational courseware and assessment, and a range of teaching and learning services powered by technology. Our mission is to help people make progress through access to better learning. We believe that learning opens up opportunities, creating fulfilling careers and better lives. For more, visit www.pearson.com.

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