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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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  • Pearson Unveils A Ground-Breaking Immersive U.S. History Program

    Project Imagine blends primary sources and technology to bring history to life in a new way

    NEW YORK, NEW YORK – Today, Pearson, the world’s learning company announced the launch of Project Imagine, a new digital curriculum that brings the latest innovation in experiential learning to classrooms across the country.

    This ground-breaking, modular U.S. history program teaches students about history through experience. Leveraging a robust curated collection of primary sources such as video, audio, letters, interviews, newsreels and artifacts, students become immersed within the stories of history. Project Imagine uses 360º technology, virtual reality, interactive maps, role play, and opinion polls to place students in a particular period of history so they can experience multiple perspectives and better understand how the past influences the present and engages them to participate in shaping the future.

    Project Imagine modules explore Immigration 1870-1914, The 1920s, The Great Depression and The New Deal, World War II, The Civil Rights Movement, and The Vietnam War to give students a unique view of the past. Students will immerse themselves in these important topics by asking questions, exploring scenarios and obtaining evidence to support their ideas about historical events. For example, students will participate in the election of 1940, choosing a candidate based on evidence from the time, including campaign speeches and political cartoons and defend their choice. Project Imagine modules are intended to supplement and augment any U.S. History course.

    “Today’s students are demanding experience-based learning that brings the type of technology they use in every other aspect of their lives into the classroom,” said Bethlam Forsa, managing director, Pearson US Learning Services. “Project Imagine is the first U.S. History program that utilizes virtual reality, primary sources, role-playing and more to paint an incredibly rich and impactful picture of major historical time periods. Students using these modules see history from multiple perspectives and increase their empathy for those who faced challenges and showed bravery in the past.”

    "As a veteran Social Studies teacher and content creator, I know that one of my most important jobs is to facilitate students in making important decisions about the curriculum,” said Keith Hughes, educational consultant, HipHughes Edu. “Project Imagine offers teachers a powerful vehicle in helping them accomplish that goal. I am excited to be part of a project which helps teachers help their students not only think critically about history but teaches them as citizens that their voice matters."
    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.

    For more information go to: www.PearsonSchool.com/Project-Imagine.

    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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  • Pearson and Baker University Partner to Provide Students Course Materials, Tutoring & Career Services for One Flat Rate

    New model provides students first day course material access and services throughout their college career at a savings of up to 70%

    BALDWIN CITY, KS – Today, Pearson announced a new five-year partnership with Baker University’s School of Professional and Graduate Studies (SPGS) to provide students all Pearson content, as well as its Smarthinking tutoring and Career Services Program for one fixed price. The new partnership, titled “Baker 360°”, will begin benefiting students in the fall 2018 semester.

    With Baker 360°, holistic support services to help each student persist in their college journey such as tutoring and career services are embedded with each student from the first day of class, in every class, through graduation and into their career pathway. Pearson will be the exclusive provider of tutoring, career success services and course materials for SPGS, offering Fall 2018 students with savings of more than 70% as compared to previous course material costs.

    “Pearson is excited to partner with Baker University on this innovative program” said Laura Vogel, executive director of partnerships for Pearson. “The comprehensive approach of Baker360° is exactly as it sounds. It places the student in the center, and surrounds them with everything they need to be successful from day-one access to content, 24/7 tutoring services and career success and employability tools throughout their time at Baker. “Pearson’s partnership with Baker360° maximizes a student’s return on their college investment.”

    “This partnership with Pearson is a great opportunity for our students,” said Dr. Emily Ford, interim dean of the School of Professional and Graduate Studies. “We want our students to succeed without worrying about the financial burden of course materials. The partnership provides students with an affordable and convenient way to access the tools they need for more customized instruction. Baker 360° ensures that every one of our students has what they need for success at Baker and beyond.”

    The partnership is powered by Pearson’s Inclusive Access program, which enables institutions to deliver high-quality digital course materials, including MyLab™ and Mastering™, Revel™ and eTexts to students on or before the first day of class. Educators can gain valuable insights into students’ learning activity through data access, enabling them to continuously track and assess students’ progress and intelligently deploy support resources while engaging with these immersive platforms.

    Inclusive Access is part of Pearson’s ongoing commitment to making college more accessible and more affordable for students, and establishing equity in access to critical course materials.

    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.

    About Baker University

    Baker University is a premier private university with a tradition of academic excellence and student engagement in a respectful, inviting, and values-based learning community. The faculty provides creative, student-focused learning experiences that challenge students to analyze issues with depth and clarity. Students fully engage in their learning; connect with peers, faculty, and staff; and develop lifelong relationships with diverse groups of people. Graduates realize their potential to become confident, competent contributors to society. For more, visit https://www.bakeru.edu/.

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  • New Research on the Efficacy of Connections Academy Virtual Schools for Grades K-12 Reveals Positive Academic Outcomes

    Report, Peer Reviewed by SRI International, Sheds Light on the Impact of Mobility and the Academic Performance of Students at Virtual Schools Compared to Students at Brick-and-Mortar Schools

    May 31, 2018 (Columbia, Maryland) – A new research study has identified the types of students who enroll in Connections Academy full-time, K-12 online schools and the efficacy of the program on students’ academic achievement. Conducted by Pearson over the course of the 2016-2017 school year, peer reviewed by SRI International and audited by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), the results provide evidence that Connections Academy students can attain the same level of achievement as that offered at traditional brick-and-mortar schools. Overall findings show that students may be better positioned in Connections Academy schools than other virtual schools.

    Part of a larger research commitment by Pearson, the Connections Academy research set out to explore the types of students who attend the online schools and how they perform. The project first unveiled a distinctive set of profiles within the student body of more than 70,000 students across Connections Academy schools. Students most commonly identified as one or more of the following: academically advanced, academically struggling, experiencing health problems, experiencing bullying or seeking increased flexibility and choice. These characteristics create a unique student population with a higher mobility rate, and a host of other complex needs known to impact academic performance, that differs from traditional brick-and-mortar schools. Mobility has been shown to have a significant negative impact on math and reading achievement while increasing high school dropout rates.*

    The school comparison study then directly compared achievement at a Connections Academy school to a similar non-charter brick-and-mortar school and virtual school within the same state.

    SRI International independently reviewed and approved the following efficacy statements:

    • There was no statistical difference in percentage scoring proficient in math and reading between student cohorts in Connections Academy schools and cohorts in brick-and-mortar schools that were matched on prior achievement, and after adjusting for district-mean student mobility and school-mean student SES and other demographic factors.
    • Student cohorts in Connections Academy schools statistically outperformed (by 7.9 percentage points) cohorts in other virtual schools (matched on prior achievement) in terms of the percentage scoring proficient in reading on state assessments.
    • There was no statistical difference in percentage scoring proficient in math between student cohorts in Connections Academy schools and cohorts in other virtual schools that were matched on prior achievement.

    “We’re committed to constantly gaining a better understanding of students’ unique needs so that we can better serve them,” said Matthew Wicks, vice president efficacy research and reporting for Pearson Online & Blended Learning. “We took the most in-depth look at Connections Academy students, school performance, and student mobility to better understand the impact of Connections Academy schools on learner outcomes. When students feel like they’re constantly sprinting to catch up, that can cause even more negative impacts on their academic performance, no matter what their circumstances are. These results shed light on how impactful mobility is on academic student performance, and the need to reshape the national narrative on the accountability framework for virtual schools.”

    Pearson engages in research on the products and services it provides to better understand “what works, when, where, how and why” and applies those insights to continuously improve its offerings; ensuring that Pearson products and services can be used to deliver improved learner outcomes for more learners around the globe.

    “What defines our approach is our commitment to the rigor of our research methods, to our transparency about our findings and to producing findings that are relevant for our customers,” says Kate Edwards, Ph.D., SVP of Efficacy & Research. “Through external third-party audit and external academic peer review, we are ensuring that our statements on the efficacy of our products accurately reflect the research that has been conducted.”

    Pearson made a commitment in 2013 to report on the impact of use of its products and services on outcomes by 2018. Collectively, 12 externally audited reports were produced and represent offerings that impact the lives of 18 million learners. Visit https://www.pearson.com/corporate/efficacy-and-research.html to learn more.

    For more than 15 years, Connections Academy schools have provided students across the country access to a full-time online education complete with dedicated and credentialed teachers, high-quality curriculum, and the flexibility to learn from anywhere with an internet connection. The online school program used by Connections Academy schools is provided by Pearson.

    About Connections Academy

    Connections Academy is a leading provider of high-quality virtual schooling for students in grades K through 12. Connections Academy delivers superior, personalized education for students, with the freedom and flexibility to experience the Connections Academy online learning community from anywhere. The combination of certified teachers, an award-winning curriculum, technology tools, and community experiences creates a supportive and successful online learning opportunity for families and children who want an individualized approach to education. Connections Academy-supported schools offer grades K through 12, though some public school programs do not offer all grades. 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

    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.

    About SRI International

    SRI International creates world-changing solutions to make people safer, healthier, and more productive. SRI, a research center headquartered in Menlo Park, California, works primarily in advanced technology and systems, biosciences, computing, and education. SRI brings its innovations to the marketplace through technology licensing, spin-off ventures and new product solutions.

    *Source: Rumberger, Russell W. (2015). Student Mobility: Causes, Consequences, and Solutions. Boulder, CO: National Education Policy Center.

    Methodology

    PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) audited the accuracy and appropriate use of all data included in the studies. Pearson Education has retained SRI International to provide technical assistance to improve the rigor of the efficacy research and implementation research conducted by Pearson. Toward this end, SRI is: (i) conducting a third-party academic review of recent Pearson research reports in the areas of causal research, correlational research, and implementation research grounded in the WWC (What Works Clearinghouse) Standards and Procedures and the ESSA Standards of Evidence, (ii) advising on how recent Pearson research reports could be strengthened without additional data collection or significant redesign, and (iii) providing formative assistance on how future Pearson research efforts could be improved to provide more accurate and compelling findings. In addition to providing targeted research report feedback, SRI is supporting Pearson in developing its own capacity for conducting internal research reviews.

    Student profile study

    Student profile information was achieved by first merging multiple 2015-16 data files into one comprehensive database that included student demographic information, information collected via the Connections Academy Student and Family Information Forms (SIF and FIF), grading and attendance information, and student mobility data (defined as the number of times a student changed schools beyond expected grade promotions). Then, a careful examination of this data was conducted, which revealed seven distinct profiles for students choosing a Connections Academy virtual school.

    Matched comparison study

    Connections Academy student cohorts at each grade-level and subject area were matched with student cohorts at brick-and-mortar and virtual schools within the same state. Matches were based on data from either 2014 or 2015 depending on the availability of complete state-reported data. State test achievement data (defined as the percentage of students scoring proficient or above on state tests) was collected for grades 3 to 8 from 19 states’ Departments of Education where a Connections Academy school had operated for three or more years: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas and Utah. District-level student mobility data was also collected from each state along with school and district demographic data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). Given the significance of mobility in the Connections Academy student population, and the importance of academic achievement in evaluating any educational program’s success, mobility rate (only publicly available at the district level) and prior student achievement were the primary factors in selecting a “matching” brick-and-mortar school for each Connections Academy school. After matching on prior achievement and adjusting for student mobility and other demographic factors, student cohorts were then statistically compared on the percent of students proficient on state math and reading state tests in 2015 and/or 2016.

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  • Pearson Partners with Columbia College on All-Inclusive Tuition Initiative for Students

    New ‘Truition’ program offers students one rate that includes all fees and course materials

    COLUMBIA, MO – Today, Pearson announced it is an inaugural publishing partner in Columbia College of Missouri’s new “Truition” initiative, which offers students an all-inclusive tuition model. By leveraging Pearson’s Inclusive Access program, the Truition (truth + tuition) initiative is able to offer predictable, affordable course material pricing that is included in a flat tuition rate. The innovative new program also eliminates all other course, lab, and activity fees and provides an honest and clear look at the price of college.

    Pearson’s Inclusive Access program enables institutions to deliver high-quality digital course materials, including MyLab™ and Mastering™, Revel™ and eTexts to students on or before the first day of class at a savings of up to 70 percent. Educators can gain valuable insights into students’ learning activity through data access, enabling them to continuously track and assess students’ progress while engaging with these immersive platforms.

    “Pearson is excited to be a part of this transparent new tuition model that ensures students have access to their course materials on the first day of class and with no surprise costs or extra fees,” said Tom Malek, senior vice president of partnerships for Pearson. “By providing students with a clear, predictable tuition, Columbia College is removing a common barrier that impedes access to higher education for so many students.”

    “Pearson has a long history of providing quality educational products and services while meeting the constantly evolving technological needs of today’s student,” said Dr. Piyusha Singh, Columbia College’s interim provost and vice president for Online Education. “Our TruitionSM initiative, which offers our adult and online students books at no cost while also eliminating all fees, includes quality partners like Pearson and we are looking forward to continuing working with them.”

    Inclusive Access is part of Pearson’s ongoing commitment to making college more accessible and more affordable for students, and establishing equity in access to critical course materials.

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    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.

    About Columbia College of Missouri

    Founded in 1851 in Columbia, Missouri, Columbia College has been helping students advance their lives through higher education for more than 165 years. As a private, nonprofit institution, the college takes pride in its small classes, experienced faculty and quality educational programs. The college, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, has more than 30 locations and offers day, evening and online classes. Columbia College educates more than 20,000 students each year and has more than 86,000 alumni worldwide. For more information, visit www.ccis.edu.

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