Pearson, University of Missouri Partner to Bring Students Digital Direct Access to Course Materials

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Digital Delivery of Course Content Prepares Learners for Success from Day One, Improves Affordability, and Provides Faculty with Valuable Insight into Student Performance

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Today, Pearson announced a partnership with the University of Missouri to bring digital course materials to students. The University of Missouri is among several institutions that are partnering with Pearson to increase equitable access to high quality, digital course content that prepares students for success from the first day of class. These programs also improve affordability and provide educators with valuable data to gain deeper insights into student performance and needs for early intervention through data analysis.

The University of Missouri System’s digital delivery program is called AutoAccess. The program, administered through the University’s campus stores, provides students with direct access to high quality digital content, including Pearson’s e-books and/or MyLab™ and Mastering™ online homework, tutorial and assessment technologies. The university launched the AutoAccess program in fall 2014, and over 18,000 students to date have enrolled in the program.

“The AutoAccess program has resulted in streamlined access to course materials, as well as reduced costs for our students,” noted Sherry Pollard, Director of Campus Retail at the University of Missouri. “We are excited to continue this collaboration with faculty and content providers in our efforts to support student success.”

Existing partners, such as Algonquin College and Indiana University, have successfully developed and implemented similar, streamlined models for simplifying the process of providing affordable access to required course materials from the first day of class. These models are proving to be highly beneficial to students and institutions. Course material pricing is presented up-front, in a transparent fashion, often resulting in savings of 35 percent or more over the cost of a printed textbook for learners and eliminating the time-consuming task of having to research where to buy the least expensive course materials. All three of these partners will participate in the presentation, “Transition to Digital: Strategies that Impact Education” at the 2015 EDUCAUSE Conference on October 28 at 10:30 - 11:20, Meeting Room 240.

Pearson’s VP of Channel Partnerships, North America, Tom Malek, said, “Through careful planning, implementation, and on-going refinement of strategies, we’re partnering with institutions to grow their campus’ digital footprint, reduce textbook costs, improve student access to course materials which provides the added value of convenience, and provide educators with the ability to harness data to evaluate the achievement of learner outcomes.”

To learn more about how the transition to digital delivery of course materials and solutions can improve access, affordability and achievement in higher education, visit

To learn more about Pearson’s presence at the 2015 EDUCAUSE Conference, visit this website. Follow @PearsonNorthAm to join the conversation.

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