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Pearson's Student Advisory Board Provides Forum for Sharing Perspectives, Offering Feedback

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College readiness, the growth of online educational opportunities, e-textbooks vs. print, increasing academic competition: these are some of the critical issues facing today's more than 18 million students enrolled in higher education across the U.S. To help them succeed academically and in life, Pearson, the global leader in education, technology, and services, continues to work directly with students to gain their feedback and perspectives on what they really want and need from their educational experience.

Pearson's Student Advisory Board, now in its fourth year, gives college students a voice to address the issues most important to them and their peers. Students provide guidance to company executives about existing and future products and course materials, while executives in turn offer mentoring, support, and insight into how business decisions are made.

"The Student Advisory Board provides us with an invaluable way to connect and stay in touch with college students throughout the U.S. and Canada," said Sandi Kirshner, Chief Marketing Officer of Pearson Higher Education. "Their insights into the concerns and needs of students on campus, combined with their innovative ideas and suggestions regarding Pearson's products and programs, benefit the entire company."

The 2010-11 Student Advisory Board includes 12 students representing a range of talents and backgrounds. Candidates were recruited through college and university presidents, deans of students, professors, honors program directors and student leadership organizations. A complete list of Pearson Student Advisory Board members follows at the end of this release.

"I'm excited to work with a group of like minded students who share my passion for leadership and are dedicated to impacting their respective communities and campus," said Amber Thichangthong, a junior at Old Dominion University, majoring in English.

"Engaging with other college students from around the U.S. and Canada and executives from Pearson will give me the opportunity to learn from and actively contribute to critical education issues that are facing college students today," said Emma Fialka-Feldman, a senior at Mount Holyoke College, majoring in critical social thought.

More information about the Pearson Student Advisory Board is available at http://www.pearsonstudents.com or at the group's Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/PearsonStudents?ref=ts.

The 2010-11 Pearson Student Advisory Board members are:

  • Victor Calderon: a junior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, majoring in political science
  • Flor Cerda, a sophomore at Joliet Junior College, majoring in science/electrical engineering
  • Emma Fialka-Feldman, a senior at Mount Holyoke College, majoring in critical social thought
  • Daniel Guillen, a sophomore at Hillsborough Community College, Honors Institute, majoring in mechanical engineering
  • Jesse Klaucke, a junior at the University of Tampa, majoring in accounting
  • Kelsey Love, a senior at Univ. of Tennessee, majoring in marketing
  • Chelsea Mann, a senior at Purdue University, majoring in agricultural education
  • Sarah Mocherniak, a junior at Acadia University, majoring in business
  • Isaiah Moore, a senior at Morehouse College, majoring in English
  • Austin Morris, a junior at Indiana University, majoring in English/creative writing
  • Tia Nguyen, a junior at Ryerson University, majoring in marketing
  • Amber Thichangthong, a junior at Old Dominion University, majoring in English

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