Solano Community College Partners with Pearson to Reduce Costs and Increase Access to Higher Education
Integrated Digital Content and Technology Platform Solution Addresses Recent Cuts to California Community College Funding
Fairfield, CA October 25, 2012 – Solano Community College, serving 11,000 students annually, has partnered with Pearson to launch an integrated blended learning program designed to increase access to course content and reduce costs to students.
Pearson provides access to digital content through its Pearson LearningStudio learning management system. The integrated solution is the first in California at a not-for-profit institution that combines digital content and the LMS for a single, reduced student price. The unique offering enables Solano instructors to “opt in” to any of the Pearson digital materials, which will then be integrated into their face-to-face, online or blended courses.
“The state of California has made large spending cuts over the past several years. Like many other colleges throughout the state, these cuts have resulted in a drastic reduction in funds and resources for our college,” said Dr. Jowel C. Laguerre, Superintendent and President of Solano Community College District. “Partnering with Pearson has enabled us to continue the growth of our distance education program, while creating an educationally efficient model that reduces our annual costs to students.”
“California’s community colleges, with 2.6 million students, make up one of the largest public higher education systems in the country,” said Don Kilburn, Vice Chairman of Pearson Higher Education and CEO of Pearson Learning Solutions. “Our long-standing partnership with Solano demonstrates our commitment to finding innovative, new ways to help institutions provide access to higher education, even in a tough economic climate.”
The innovative Pearson solutions included as part of the partnership include:
Pearson LearningStudio, a cloud-based learning management system with advanced data analytics to monitor and analyze trends in student performance, and track their achievement of learning objectives
MyLab and Mastering series of personalized learning technology programs
Award-winning CourseConnect™ customizable online courses
Pearson eText, an easy-to-use library of content available to students anywhere they have Internet access
Solano Community College (SCC) is a two-year institution of higher learning located in Fairfield, Solano County, California (between San Francisco and Sacramento). It is part of California’s public community college system made up of 109 campuses in 72 districts across the state.
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 and Mastering; education services including custom publishing; and content-independent platforms including the EQUELLA digital repository and Pearson LearningStudio for online learning programs.
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