Pearson Sees Continued Growth and Expansion of Higher Education Online Learning Programs

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More than 200 institutions partner with Pearson for services and support in online learning, college readiness and workforce education


More than 200 schools are working with Pearson to address the ongoing demand and desire for results-oriented online learning programs. Increasingly, students who need a flexible path to earning a degree are looking to online learning programs to access quality higher education. In response, higher education institutions around the country are investing in comprehensive educational services that develop and scale online programs that are high quality, rigorous and drive student achievement.

As the leading provider of educational services for fully online degree programs, Pearson’s online services and support are extensive. These include market research, recruitment marketing and retention, student support services, course design and development, access to materials developed for the online modality by leading subject matter experts, faculty development, and cloud-based learning management systems with advanced data analytics to monitor student performance and learning outcomes.

Columbia University’s Center for Economy and Ecology in Society partnered with Pearson to convert its locally-renowned teacher professional development program, designed for middle-school teachers in New York City, to a fully online program that is available to teachers across the country.

“By partnering with Pearson and Columbia's Teachers College, we are able to reach thousands of more educators, while most importantly, maintaining quality — a critically important factor that cannot be underestimated when growing an online program,” said Rebecca Johnson, Director of Education, Professional Development, and Outreach, Columbia University.

California’s state university system, the nation's largest four-year university system, partnered with Pearson in 2012 to launch Cal State Online, a fully online program designed to increase access to higher education. Cal State Online launched in January 2013 with a select number of undergraduate and professional master’s programs, now being offered by some of the institution’s 23 campuses.

Don Kilburn, Vice Chairman of Pearson Higher Education, said, “Our demonstrated success with providing comprehensive services that power and grow quality online programs speaks for itself; all are excellent examples of how we work together with our partners to create personalized, innovative solutions that help increase access to education while driving academic achievement.”

Pearson is committed to the science of evidenced-based learning design to ensure successful outcomes and experiences for the online student, professional development around best practices for teaching online, identifying future online learners, and matching them up with the best institutions and programs. To continue to improve educational outcomes for its academic partners, Pearson has partnered with the Cambridge Service Alliance, a global cooperation between businesses and universities, to develop new models for delivering innovative services that meet the changing needs of institutions.

Additional educational partners include Arizona State University, George Washington University School of Business, Rutgers, ASU Colleges at Lake Havasu City, Northern Arizona University, Ocean County College, Texas Southmost College, New Jersey Institute of Technology, and Washington State University.

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Pearson is the world’s leading learning company, providing educational materials and services, business information through the Financial Times Group, and consumer publishing through the Penguin brand. Pearson serves learners of all ages around the globe, employing 41,000 people in more than 70 countries. For more information, visit

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

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