Frederick said the 25-program goal is not set it stone, however. The number of programs could increase or decrease as Pearson and Howard go forward.

“We want to be flexible as we move on this,” Frederick said. “We have some established online programs already, and we’re going to start with expanding those we already have.”

While Frederick said the university hopes that the partnership will allow better access for more non-traditional students around the country, the initiative is also designed to expand Howard’s reach abroad.

Don Kilburn, vice chairman of Pearson Higher Education, said the partnership is designed to accomplish both goals.

“To remain competitive in today’s environment, institutions increasingly need to offer high-quality online degree programs to reach students who need flexibility,” Kilburn said. “This HU-Online partnership will do just that.”


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