Higher Education Institutions Across the U.S. Achieve Measureable Student Success and Cut Costs Through Innovative Technology Programs

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Report Highlights Success of MyLab and Mastering Programs from Pearson

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As higher education institutions across the U.S. face increasing economic and enrollment pressures, colleges and universities are seeking new ways to serve more students, while preparing them for the workplace. Many of these institutions are achieving measurable success through innovative classroom technologies that deliver a more personalized, engaging learning experience for students, according to the third edition of the white paper, “Raising the Bar,” a compendium of case studies on the effectiveness of MyLab and Mastering from Pearson.

The report documents 15 community and four-year public colleges and universities that have achieved success using the Pearson MyLab and Mastering series of personalized learning technology programs.

For example, Mississippi State University implemented MyMathLab in Fall 2005 for College Algebra, utilizing it for creating and completing homework assignments, quizzes, proctored tests, and the final exam. Despite steadily growing enrollments and increased ACT requirements (in Fall 2010), student success, exam scores and retention rates of College Algebra students have all improved since the adoption of MyMathLab. Additionally, instructors report that students who use MyMathLab in College Algebra are more successful in subsequent courses.

“My students are more successful. They have more confidence in their abilities because they are able to practice more than they ever could in the past,” said Kimberly Walters, Mississippi State University. “Our withdrawal rates are holding steady at 5 percent or less and our success rates keep climbing on a comparative (fall to fall, spring to spring) basis. It is equally important to note that, since using MyMathLab, the withdrawals we do have occur earlier in the semester. As a result, students save time, money and quickly get on the right track with the appropriate courses.”

Institutions have found that MyLab and Mastering create an environment where students are more engaged with course materials and thus better able to grasp difficult concepts.

At Collin College in Texas, mean exam scores for Biology 1406 increased an average of 15 points for students utilizing MasteringBiology during the semester. Biology Professor Rebecca Orr said, “Biology, for many students, is a new language to learn in a fairly compressed amount of time. I recommend Mastering to my colleagues as a tool that they can provide that enables students to immerse themselves in this language beyond the classroom, in the time and place that is most convenient for them.”

And at Carroll Community College in Maryland, the A/B rate increased from 37 to 40 percent and the drop/fail rate decreased to 23 percent from 34 percent, following the implementation of MyAccountingLab in Principles of Accounting One. “Students perceive MyAccountingLab and the skills they learn through the program as more relevant to how they’d work in a real world work environment,” said Professor Kate Demarest, Carroll Community College.

In addition, these schools have gained new insights into student learning, which has enabled instructors to create a more personalized learning experience for their students.

Higher education institutions featured in the Raising the Bar v.3 report include:

  •     Chabot College, CA
  •     Collin College, TX
  •     Butler University, IN
  •     Clemson University, SC
  •     Carroll Community College, MD
  •     Slippery Rock University, PA
  •     Miami Dade College, FL
  •     University of North Carolina-Greensboro, NC
  •     Brookhaven College, TX
  •     Mississippi State University, MS
  •     Wilbur Wright College, City Colleges of Chicago, IL
  •     Pearl River Community College, MS
  •     University of North Carolina-Charlotte, NC
  •     Metropolitan State University, CO
  •     California State University-Bakersfield, CA

MyLab and Mastering are fully customizable and can be used in any environment — lab-based, blended, fully online 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. MyLab and Mastering are available in more than 80 subjects, including math, science, engineering, humanities, social sciences, world languages and business disciplines.

More than 10 million students have used MyLab and Mastering in 2012. Integrated use of these programs has been proven to provide measurable gains in student retention, subsequent success and overall achievement.

For more information, visit http://pearsonhighered.com/educator/mylabmastering/index.page.

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/Mastering, education services including custom publishing, content-independent platforms including the EQUELLA digital repository, and the Pearson LearningStudio online learning platform and OpenClass online learning environment.

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

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