Pepperdine Graziadio Business School Collaborates with Noodle Partners to Launch Innovative Online Degree-Completion Program

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Bachelor of Science in Management will launch first online cohort in August

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'Like many schools, we’ve struggled with the economics offered by OPMs, but Noodle Partners brings a commitment to sustainable excellence in an innovative business model,' said David M. Smith, dean, Graziadio School of Business and Management.

Pepperdine University Graziadio School of Business and Management and Noodle Partners today announced the launch of a new online Bachelor of Science in Management (BSM) degree, with an inaugural cohort starting August 2016. This unique and compelling degree-completion program will offer working adults and learners access to outstanding faculty and programming with the convenience of an online curriculum.

Noodle Partners is an innovative online program manager (OPM) that leverages best-of-breed providers and the internal strengths of its university partners to transform online and campus-based programs. This new, transparent approach empowers universities with more control and flexibility than traditional OPM firms to focus on exceeding high academic standards, delivering a superior student experience, and scaling enrollments. Absent the revenue-share model, universities can use increased revenues to support scholarships, boost financial aid, and invest in new programming.

“We are very proud of the BSM program at Pepperdine Graziadio, providing working professionals with a streamlined path to undergraduate degree-completion along with a one year fast-track to an MBA. Offering it online means giving our campus-based students exciting new options,” said David M. Smith, dean, Graziadio School of Business and Management. “Like many schools, we’ve struggled with the economics offered by OPMs, but Noodle Partners brings a commitment to sustainable excellence in an innovative business model. We’re excited to be their first partner school.”

“We’re thrilled to collaborate with Pepperdine Graziadio to take this great on-campus program to another level,” said John Katzman, CEO of Noodle Partners. “At the same time, we are excited to prove out a sustainable model for this new type of OPM relationship. As we do so, the concept of large revenue shares and longterm contracts will be proven dated.”

About Pepperdine University Graziadio School of Business and Management
A leader in cultivating entrepreneurship and digital innovation, the Graziadio School of Business and Management of Pepperdine University focuses on the real-world application of MBA-level business concepts. The Graziadio School provides student-focused, globally oriented education through part-time, full-time, and executive MBA programs at our five Southern California locations and at our Silicon Valley, Santa Barbara and Dallas campuses, as well as through online and hybrid formats. In addition, the Graziadio School offers a variety of master of science programs, a bachelor of science in management degree completion program, the Presidents and Key Executives MBA, and executive education certificate programs. Follow the Graziadio School on Facebook, on Twitter at @GraziadioSchool and LinkedIn.

About Noodle Partners
Founded by a team of education and technology veterans, Noodle Partners provides a completely new approach to program management and creates online and hybrid programs while improving traditional classroom models. Noodle Partners works with universities on every aspect of building a great certificate or degree program — marketing, student recruitment, enrollment, curriculum design, student engagement, support services, graduate placement, and alumni engagement — and provides an exceptionally high level of fit and finish. The effective cost structure, innovative approach, and team of experts enables delivery of these services while maximizing tuition revenue and control to the universities. For more information, please visit: http://www.noodle-partners.com or follow Noodle Partners on Facebook, on Twitter at @NoodlePartners and LinkedIn.

Media Contacts:

Pepperdine University Graziadio School of Business and Management
Lisa Perry
Director, Marketing and Communications
310.568.2314
lperry(at)pepperdine(dot)edu

Noodle Partners
Scott H. Levine, PhD
SVP, University Relations
404.217.1322
slevine(at)noodle(dot)com

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