Pearson Collaborates with the American Council on Education (ACE) to Help Nontraditional Learners Gain College Degrees and Credentials

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Pearson’s Propero® Self-Paced Online Courses Leveraged by ACE’s Alternative Credit Project Course Pool

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Today, Pearson announced its participation in the American Council on Education pool of courses selected as part of ACE’s Alternative Credit Project (ACP),™ a groundbreaking initiative to boost the ability of millions of nontraditional learners to gain a college degree. The ACP course pool leverages Propero, a collection of self-paced online courses that allow students to master academic courses at their own pace, using award-winning content and academic support. Propero provides a fully supported, self-paced course option to students who benefit from added flexibility when earning college credit.

Pearson was chosen among a group of non-accredited course providers, to participate in the ACP. Forty colleges, universities and systems are taking part in the project and have agreed to grant credit for a large number of these courses, which include disciplines such as business, critical thinking and writing, foreign language, humanities, mathematics and natural and physical sciences. Click here to see the complete list of the ACP courses offered by Pearson.

“We are proud to collaborate with the American Council on Education’s on this innovative initiative,” said David Daniels, Managing Director of Higher Education, Pearson. “This program will increase access to higher education opportunities that will help adult learners make measurable progress necessary for their long-term success.”

“This is an important step for an initiative that already has significantly increased our body of knowledge about the most effective ways to increase the number of Americans able to earn a college degree or credential by using education, training and life experiences gained outside a formal classroom,” said ACE President Molly Corbett Broad.

“Nontraditional students who often are balancing multiple family and career demands now know where they can turn to take courses that will help them reduce the time and expense required to gain a postsecondary degree or credential at a number of outstanding institutions,” said Deborah Seymour, ACE chief academic innovation officer.

ACE will be collecting anonymized data from participating institutions regarding the number of credits each institution accepts through this project as well as progress and success rates of students who transfer in consortium-approved courses. The project is made possible by a $1.89 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Propero courses are fully inclusive of all course components, including interactive lesson presentations, downloadable audio podcasts, eBook, assessments, live tutoring, and student success coaching.

Join Eastern Gateway Community College's President, Jimmie Bruce, Ph.D., and Business Management Program Director & Associate Professor, Ken Knox, Ph.D., for the presentation, “Using Self-paced Courses in Competency-based Learning Initiatives” on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 3:30 PM as part of the Pearson’s Annual Online Learning Conference, Cite.

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.

About ACE
Founded in 1918, ACE is the major coordinating body for all the nation's higher education institutions, representing more than 1,600 college and university presidents and related associations. It provides leadership on key higher education issues and influences public policy through advocacy.

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Pearson: Scott Overland, scott(dot)overland(at)pearson(dot)com, 202-909-4528

ACE: Jon Riskind, JRiskind(at)acenet(dot)edu, 202-939-9453, 202-697-0741

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