Texas university finalizes major partnership to expand access

Pearson to provide online learning services for baccalaureate, graduate and certificate programs at University of Texas at El Paso

online-access-pearsonThe University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) is partnering with Pearson to expand access to an estimated 5,000 under-served students regionally and nationwide through UTEP Connect, a suite of fully online baccalaureate, graduate and certificate programs.

The first eight programs, including health, criminal justice, communication, and education, will launch in May 2015. 

Access and excellence are foundational to UTEP’s overall mission, says the University, which they say has a successful track record of graduating an under-served, Hispanic market. The new initiative will also provide adult learners who need to earn their degrees while working full-time or who have not had the opportunity to finish their degrees because of family obligations with the opportunity to improve their lives through higher education.

Pearson will provide online learning services, including marketing and enrollment consulting, technical services to power online programs, customized digital content, online tutoring, and analytics to evaluate student performance and learning outcomes.

“UTEP is pleased to have an opportunity via this partnership with Pearson to extend our reach to current, prospective and former students whose employment and personal responsibilities may impede their pursuit of an on-campus degree or certification program,” said UTEP president Diana Natalicio. “We look forward to working toward more efficient and effective strategies to streamline pathways for talented and motivated students to achieve their highest educational aspirations.”     

Pearson’s Managing Director of Higher Education Services, David Daniels, said, “Our partnership with UTEP underscores our effort to increase access to online education options that are as rigorous as on-ground degree programs. UTEP is an outstanding example of a university that is investing in its community to reach underserved segments and get more students on the path to career success.”

UTEP has an annual enrollment of 23,000 students and has proven success graduating Hispanic students. Washington Monthly has ranked the University number one in providing social mobility three years in a row.

Material from a press release was used in this report.