July 14, 2011

Pearson’s CourseConnect(TM) Online Courses Receive American Council on Education’s (ACE) Recommendation for College Credit

WASHINGTON, July 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Pearson, the world's leading learning company, today announced that the American Council on Education's College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT) has evaluated and recommended college credit for CourseConnect(TM), Pearson's award-winning suite of interactive online courses.

The American Council on Education, the major coordinating body for all the nation's higher education institutions, seeks to provide leadership and a unifying voice on key higher education issues and to influence public policy through advocacy, research and program initiatives.

ACE CREDIT connects workplace learning with colleges and universities by helping adults gain access to academic credit at colleges and universities for formal courses and examinations taken in the workplace or other settings outside traditional higher education. Students who complete ACE credit-recommended courses can be eligible for transfer credit at more than 2,100 ACE CREDIT College and University Network members.

Winner of the 2010 CODiE Award for Best Postsecondary Course or Learning Management Solution, CourseConnect courses can be used by individual instructors teaching fully online or in blended classes, or as complete programs by institutions where online learning is a key component of their strategy. Course content is designed specifically for online delivery by a team of respected subject matter and assessment experts, faculty advisers, course authors and e-Learning instructional designers, and is based directly on clear learning objectives. The CourseConnect library continues to expand, with courses available in such subjects as business, criminal justice, computer science and general education.

"More students are looking for flexible and affordable ways to achieve their educational goals, and online access and transfer credit allow them to do just that. The American Council on Education's rigorous process for course evaluation and the resulting recommendation for CourseConnect validates the quality of our courses, and gives students and institutions increased confidence that their learning experience will be rich and authentic," said Don Kilburn, CEO of Pearson Learning Solutions.

"In order to compete in the global marketplace, our country needs to significantly increase the number of Americans with postsecondary degrees," said Molly Broad, President of the American Council on Education. "The American Council on Education's CREDIT Program is proud to be an important part of that work by evaluating and recommending college credit for programs like CourseConnect."

For more than 30 years, colleges and universities have trusted ACE credit to provide reliable course equivalency information to facilitate their decisions to award academic credit. For more information, visit the ACE CREDIT website at www.acenet.edu/credit.

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