January 7th, 2011
Many working professionals want to advance in their careers, but lack the financial means to finish their schooling. Online colleges offer affordable learning opportunities to individuals who do not have the money to attend a traditional educational institution.
Recently, Pearson and Charleston Southern University (CSU) announced a partnership that is intended to provide more financially feasible options for individuals who are considering a return to school. Currently, the school uses Pearson's platform to host a number of general courses. Together, CSU and Pearson plan to relaunch the core classes of the bachelor's of management arts program online.
"With our goal of doubling online enrollment by fall 2011, Pearson was the clear choice to quickly and efficiently revamp our program," said James Jones, CSU's dean of the College of Distance and Continuing Education. "Pearson has been a true partner and trusted advisor in helping us meet the growing demands of our evolving online program to ensure long-term success."
Pearson is helping CSU host 15 web-based courses in nursing and education. Approximately 3,300 students are currently enrolled at CSU.
More than 4 million students nationwide were enrolled in internet-based classes during the 2008 academic year, according to a report by the Babson Survey Research Group and the Sloan Consortium. Online platforms, such as the one offered by Pearson, are helping more distance learners earn degrees.