The University of California at Riverside Partners with Pearson to Launch Online Engineering Degree Programs

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Partnership with Top-Ranked Public Engineering College Increases Access to Higher Education Opportunities for Working Adults

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April 6, 2015 – Pearson announced today a new partnership with the University of California at Riverside’s Bourns College of Engineering. The partnership will grow current online engineering degree programs, with specializations in Bioengineering, Electrical Engineering (Power Systems), Environmental Engineering Systems (Water), Materials at the Nanoscale, and Mechanical Engineering.

Through the partnership, Pearson will provide comprehensive services, including marketing, enrollment management, student support and retention services, and helpdesk services. The collaboration allows the University of California at Riverside (UCR) to extend its award-winning program to working adults and other non-traditional students that may not have been able to attend an on-ground program in the past. The new programs help the university get one step closer to achieving their mission of producing engineers with the educational foundation and adaptive skills needed to rapidly serve the evolving technology industry.

“We are pleased to collaborate with Pearson to offer these online programs that enable employed engineers and scientists to sharpen their engineering management skills and advance their technical training,” said Dean Reza Abbaschian of UCR’s Bourns College of Engineering. “We believe the degree program will benefit them, their employers and our industrial community.”

The Bourns College of Engineering is dedicated to educating the next generation of engineering leaders to discover and apply groundbreaking solutions and innovations that improve the quality of life. The College’s graduate and undergraduate engineering programs rank among the top schools in the nation in U.S. News & World Report.

Pearson’s Senior Vice President of Online Learning Services, Todd Hitchcock, said, “We are thrilled to have been selected as the University of California at Riverside, Bourns College of Engineering’s online engineering degree program partner. The partnership is a perfect fit since the school and Pearson are both committed to student success through personal, one-on-one student attention.”

About the University of California, Riverside

The University of California, Riverside is one of 10 universities within the prestigious University of California system, and the only UC located in the Inland Southern California region. Widely recognized as one of the most ethnically diverse research universities in the nation, UCR's current enrollment is more than 21,000 students, with a goal of enrolling 25,000 students by 2020. The institution is located approximately 50 miles east of downtown Los Angeles.

About Pearson

Pearson is the world’s leading learning company, with 40,000 employees in more than 80 countries working to help people of all ages to make measurable progress in their lives through learning. For more information about Pearson, visit

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Erin Farber, erin.farber (at) pearson (dot) com, or (800) 745-8489
Kris Lovekin, Kris.lovekin (at) ucr (dot) edu, or (951) 827-2495

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