DENVER, CO – February 18, 2010 – Pearson, a global leader in education, education technology and services, today announced that Bridgepoint Education has completed the implementation of Pearson LearningStudio — an online learning management system of Pearson eCollege — as part of its move to adopt a more comprehensive and reliable SaaS-based model. Bridgepoint successfully transitioned both its Ashford University and University of the Rockies campuses to Pearson LearningStudio from Blackboard.

Pearson LearningStudio is now serving as the learning management system (LMS) for Bridgepoint’s Ashford University and University of the Rockies, which maintain both physical campuses and online courses. Pearson LearningStudio will support more than 45,000 learners and 1,800 instructors.

“Bridgepoint Education had an aggressive timeline planned for transitioning their learning management system over to Pearson LearningStudio,” said Matt Leavy, Chief Executive Officer of Pearson eCollege. “I’m proud to say we were able to exceed Bridgepoint’s expectations by finalizing the transition from Blackboard ahead of schedule. It was a pleasure for us to work with such an efficient and capable management group and we look forward to a long-standing relationship.”

Pearson LearningStudio is a SaaS-based, next–generation LMS that provides a comprehensive, flexible and fully-supported environment for online personalized learning in higher education. Pearson LearningStudio ensures that faculty and administrators have the integrated platform, tools, content and support they need to create, manage and measure successful online education experiences. Backed by extensive academic services and program support, Pearson LearningStudio is used by millions of students and educators around the world.

“Because Bridgepoint Education is committed to continuous improvement, we are extremely pleased to provide our students – at both Ashford University and University of the Rockies – with an enhanced student experience,” said Dr. Jane McAuliffe, Chief Academic Officer of Bridgepoint Education. “From an academic perspective, we believe the Pearson LearningStudio platform and services will best serve our student population in 2010 and beyond.”

“The great thing about this transition is that it was a collaborative effort between Bridgepoint’s technology and academic departments,” said Tom Ashbrook, Chief Information Officer of Bridgepoint Education. “We made the transition with minimal disruption and had a quick ramp-up period. Now our students are realizing the benefits of a fully functional online learning platform that provides them with an enhanced educational experience.”

About Pearson
Pearson eCollege, the innovative leader in online personalized learning programs, presents Pearson LearningStudio, a comprehensive, flexible and fully supported next generation learning management system. Pearson eCollege’s on-demand education solutions advance, improve, and measure the teaching and learning experience in a vast range of educational institutions and programs. Pearson eCollege is part of Pearson (NYSE: PSO), the global leader in education, technology and services.


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