California State University Selects Pearson to Launch Cal State Online

Fully online program to increase access to higher education for students

Long Beach, CA – August 22, 2012 – The California State University, the nation’s largest four-year university system, has selected Pearson to launch Cal State Online, a fully online program designed to increase access to higher education. Cal State Online will launch in January 2013 with a selection of undergraduate degree completion and professional master’s programs, leveraging the multitude of programs currently available across the CSU.

“As a university system that is devoted to access, affordability and quality, the CSU needed an educational partner with the highest levels of expertise, experience and demonstrated success launching high-growth online learning programs,” said John Welty, President of Fresno State and Chair of the Cal State Online Board. “We partnered with Pearson because they offer a robust suite of services, support and a collection of success stories through their work with other universities, making them a perfect fit for Cal State Online.”

“The CSU is making tremendous efforts to increase access to learning opportunities for students,” said Don Kilburn, Vice Chairman of Pearson Higher Education. “We are honored to partner with them to support rapid growth of a world class online learning program that drives academic and career success.”

Cal State Online will use Pearson’s online learning technology, services and support to keep students engaged from enrollment through graduation. These include Pearson LearningStudio, a cloud-based learning management system with advanced data analytics to monitor student performance and learning outcomes; the EQUELLA digital content repository; course development and instructional design services; and lead generation, marketing and enrollment services. In addition, Cal State Online will use Pearson’s academic training and consulting services to provide additional support to instructors.

“Increasingly, students pursuing higher education today are non-traditional students. Fully online learning programs extend access to quality education for students who need more flexible learning than a traditional classroom allows. Our collaboration with Cal State Online will provide faculty and students with a range of services and support that will help ensure students’ success,” said Matt Leavy, CEO of Pearson eCollege.

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About The California State University
The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, approximately 427,000 students and 44,000 faculty and staff. The CSU awards about 99,000 degrees annually and since its creation in 1961 has conferred nearly 2.6 million. The CSU is renowned for the quality of its teaching and for the job-ready graduates it produces. The mission of the CSU is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever changing needs of the people of California. With its commitment to excellence, diversity and innovation, the CSU is the university system that is working for California. Connect with and learn more about the CSU at CSU Social Media. Show how the CSU matters to you and take action.

About Pearson
Pearson, the world’s leading learning company, has global reach and market-leading businesses in education, business information and consumer publishing (NYSE: PSO). The company provides innovative print and digital education materials, including personalized learning programs such as MyLab/Mastering, education services including custom publishing, and content-independent platforms including the EQUELLA digital repository and Pearson LearningStudio online learning platform.