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Report Highlights Success of Pearson’s MyLab and Mastering Programs

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As U.S. higher education faces unprecedented financial and enrollment pressures, colleges and universities are seeking ways to serve more students with fewer funds. Many of these institutions are increasing student performance and cost savings by using innovative technology programs from Pearson, according to a new report. The report documents more than a dozen community, four-year public and private sector colleges and universities that have found success using the MyLab and Mastering programs.

For example, at the Colorado School of Mines, students who used MasteringEngineering in Statics showed a 13 percent score gain on average compared to students who did not use MasteringEngineering the previous year. All students passed the final exam and there were more scores of B or higher.

And at Rock Valley College in Illinois, the percentage of students receiving As, Bs or Cs rose by more than 50 percent, and the overall course withdrawal/fail rates declined by more than half, following the redesign of developmental math courses using MyMathLab.

“The quality of the class experience has changed,” said Associate Professor Kathleen Almy. “Students come with constructive questions. I’m able to move forward instead of constantly back over old material. Class time is more productive.

“MyMathLab has forever changed the way I teach. I have a more accurate picture of how individual students are doing and how the class as a whole is faring. Having a better idea of what they’re having problems with helps me adjust my lessons to better support them—and helps me be a better teacher.”

In addition, MyMathLab has supported institutions’ efforts to reduce achievement disparities between white and African American students. The report highlights the University of Memphis, which redesigned its large-enrollment math courses using MyMathLab. In elementary calculus, the performance and dropout disparities between white and African American students were reduced, while among all African American students, the pass rates were more than 16 percentage points higher in the redesigned courses than in traditionally taught classes.

The report notes how the MyLabs are being adapted to support high school students, too. At San Diego City College, Professors Gavin Brown and Christopher Baron used MySkillsLab to create a college readiness program for the area’s high schools. The program is designed to raise students’ reading, writing and critical thinking skills and help them achieve higher scores on the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) and college admissions tests like the SAT.

“We are seeing high school students who were at risk of failure able to pass the CAHSEE thanks to MySkillsLab,” said Professor Baron.

MyLab and Mastering are fully customizable and can be used in any environment—lab-based, hybrid, fully online/distance learning or classroom. Instructors can easily create, import and manage online homework, quizzes and tests. Students receive immediate feedback on their work, which motivates them to spend more time doing homework. The automatic gradebook frees instructors to spend less time grading and more time working directly with their students. The MyLab and Mastering are available in more than 80 subjects, including math, science, engineering, humanities, social sciences, world languages and business disciplines.

Demand for MyLab and Mastering soared in 2010, with 232 million assignments submitted and more than 750,000 students logging in daily. More than 9 million student registrations are projected for 2011. For more information, visit

About Pearson
Pearson, the world’s leading learning company, has global reach and market-leading businesses in education, business information and consumer publishing (NYSE: PSO). The company provides innovative print and digital education materials, including personalized learning programs such as MyLab and Mastering; education services including custom publishing; and content-independent platforms including the EQUELLA digital repository and Pearson LearningStudio for online learning programs.

Media contact: Susan Aspey, susan(dot)aspey(at)pearson(dot)com or (800) 745-8489


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