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Sam Houston State University Partners with Pearson to Increase Access to Personalized Learning and Improve Achievement

Partnership Gives 15,000 Undergraduate Students Access to Entire Collection of MyLab and Mastering Products

Sam Houston State University (SHSU) and Pearson have partnered to provide personalized learning products to 15,000 undergraduate students. Under the agreement, SHSU students will have full access to the entire collection of more than 80 MyLab and Mastering products from Pearson.

A critical challenge that MyLab and Mastering products address is they assist colleges and universities struggling with the issue of college readiness and the growing demand for developmental skills courses. A number of Pearson’s most popular MyLab products enable this audience to be successful, including MyMathLab, MyReadingLab, and MyWritingLab.

Part of the Texas State University System, SHSU has more than 18,400 students across 80 undergraduate, 59 master’s and six doctoral degree programs. As a component of the university’s Student Success Initiative, SHSU has leveraged MyLab and Mastering products, which have led to improved student results. Starting in January 2013, SHSU undergraduates enrolled in a participating course will have complete access to the corresponding MyLab and Mastering product.

“At Sam Houston State University, we’re committed to student success and providing the best educational learning tools, in conjunction with instructors’ support, to improve their performance,” said Bill Angrove, Associate Vice President for Distance Learning, Sam Houston State University. “Through our partnership with Pearson, we have relieved the financial burden from students, allowing their sole focus to revolve around course work and achievement.”

“We’re honored to continue working with Sam Houston State University to provide personalized learning solutions to every undergraduate at the university,” said Don Kilburn, Vice Chairman of Pearson Higher Education. “Our partnership with SHSU is an outstanding example of how we’re developing innovative solutions that enable institutions to provide their students with affordable and effective tools that will impact their academic achievement.”

MyLab and Mastering are fully customizable and can be used in any environment — lab-based, blended, fully online learning or classroom. Educators can easily create, import, and manage online homework, tutorials, and assets. Students receive immediate feedback on their work, which motivates them to spend more time doing homework. The automatic gradebook frees educators to spend less time grading and more time working directly with their students. MyLab and Mastering is available in more than 80 subjects, including math, science, engineering, humanities, social sciences, world languages and business disciplines. More than 10 million students have used MyLab and Mastering in 2012. Integrated use of these programs has been proven to provide measurable gains in student retention, subsequent success, and overall achievement.

About Sam Houston State University
For more than 130 years, Sam Houston State University has been preparing students for meaningful lives of achievement. Its motto, “The Measure of a Life is its Service,” echoes across SHSU’s six colleges and beyond campus through student research, creative endeavors, service learning, volunteering and more. Named for Sam Houston, Texas’ greatest hero, SHSU continually strives to honor its historical roots through academic excellence that includes exceptional teaching from faculty members who care as much about their students’ success as they do about furthering the knowledge of their fields. While embracing its legacy, SHSU also strives to meet the needs of contemporary students, both traditional and online. With over 20 bachelor’s and graduate degrees available entirely online, and more in development each semester, Sam Houston State is quickly becoming one of the best traditional universities offering quality online programs in Texas.

About Pearson
Pearson, the world’s leading learning company, has global reach and market-leading businesses in education, business information and consumer publishing (NYSE: PSO). The company provides innovative print and digital education materials, including personalized learning products such as MyLab/Mastering, education services including custom publishing, content-independent platforms including the EQUELLA digital repository, and the Pearson LearningStudio online learning platform and OpenClass online learning environment.