Pearson eCollege Honors Educators and Institutions for Excellence in Online Learning

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Annual Awards Presented During CiTE 2009, Pearson eCollege's Conference for Educators

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These talented educators and administrators are a testament to our shared commitment to increase access to education for students around the globe.

Pearson eCollege, the leading provider of integrated education technology, engaging content and multi-level support services for online and blended learning, presented its annual partnership and excellence in online education awards today during CiTE 2009, the company's annual users' conference for education partners.

"The strength of our partnerships is what distinguishes Pearson eCollege as the industry leader," said Matt Leavy, CEO of Pearson eCollege. "These talented educators and administrators are a testament to our shared commitment to increase access to education for students around the globe."

Thirty institutions received the Pearson eCollege Dennis Franz Partnership Award, which recognizes colleges and universities that have been the company's educational partners for a decade. This year's 10-Year Dennis Franz Partnership Award recipients are:

  •     Bishop State Community College
  •     Bismarck State College
  •     Chapman University
  •     Colorado Christian University
  •     Crown College
  •     Franklin Pierce University
  •     Fuller Theological Seminary
  •     Graduate School of Banking at Colorado
  •     Gwinnett County Online Campus
  •     Iowa Community College Online Consortium
  •     Keiser Schools, Inc.
  •     Malone University
  •     Naropa University
  •     Northwest Missouri State University
  •     Northwestern Business College
  •     Nyack College
  •     Palm Beach Atlantic University
  •     Palmer College of Chiropractic
  •     Salus University
  •     Rutgers University
  •     Saint Joseph's University
  •     San Joaquin Delta College
  •     Siena Heights University
  •     Solano Community College
  •     Texas Christian University
  •     Tri-State Community College Training Consortium
  •     University of Dallas Graduate School of Management
  •     University of New England
  •     University of South Alabama
  •     Western Kansas Community College Virtual Education Consortium (EduKan)

The Excellence in Online Administration Award was presented to administrators who have demonstrated a commitment to quality and innovation while directing, managing and administering large and growing online programs. This year's Excellence in Online Administration recipients are:

  •     The Faculty Support Team, University of Colorado Denver
  •     Steve Rheinschmidt, Iowa Community College Online Consortium
  •     Melanie Andrich, Rutgers University

The Excellence in Online Teaching Award was presented to two instructors who have used the Pearson eCollege solution to create superior online content, develop highly engaging learning and form collaborative learning relationships with students. This year's Excellence in Online Teaching recipients are:

  •     Dr. Thomas Kinsey, California University of Pennsylvania
  •     Dr. Chuck Englehardt, Saint Leo University

Pearson eCollege convened more than 500 educators and administrators for "CiTE 2009: Advancing the Teaching and Learning Experience." The annual users' conference provides an open forum for collaboration and discussion on how technology, content and services continue to shape and advance education. Sessions addressed topics such as enhancing learning with Web 2.0, academic assessment and reporting tools, learning outcome management, interactive course and curriculum design and evolving pedagogy.

About Pearson eCollege
Pearson eCollege enables educators globally to achieve measurable success for online and blended education through on-demand education solutions that advance and improve the teaching and learning experience for learners in multiple types of educational institutions and programs. Pearson eCollege provides a composable (SaaS) learning platform, academic services, rich content solutions and renowned multi-level user support that help students and teachers reach their education goals. Pearson eCollege is the leading provider of technology and services to the top online schools and programs globally. Pearson (LSE: PSON, NYSE: PSO), the global leader in education and education technology, reaches and engages today's digital natives with effective and personalized learning, as well as dedicated professional development for their teachers. Pearson is dedicated to helping people of all ages to learn at their own pace, in their own way. In addition to Education, Pearson's primary operations include the Financial Times Group and the Penguin Group. For more information, visit or

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