Partnerships & Acquisitions Jan. 4, 2019

January 4, 2019 | Volume 50, Number 1

Pearson (London/New York) is partnering with the international ESSEC Business School to launch online Executive Master in Digital Transformation, a program for managers developed to address a changing and competitive professional environment. For example, developments in big data, Blockchain and AI require new knowledge and an evolving skill set. The first of seven executive certificates, which combined will provide candidates with an ESSEC Executive Master in Digital Transformation, will be launched starting in spring 2019. Under the partnership, online course content, virtual teaching and tutoring, and other student services will be provided by the university’s academics. Pearson will provide research consultancy, domestic and international student recruitment, and student support and retention services.

Etextbook solutions provider Vital Source Technologies, part of the Ingram Content Group (LaVergne, TN), is providing its Verba Connect tool, which analyzes and monitors market prices on commercial textbooks, to Ohio Library and Information Network (OhioLINK), a consortium of Ohio’s college and university libraries and the State Library of Ohio with the goal of maintaining competitive Inclusive Access pricing for Ohio higher education students in higher education. Verba Connect will assist OhioLINK in ensuring said price agreements remain competitive compared to national market prices and fluctuations. Inclusive Access allows students to receive their required course materials on the first day of class, reducing lost instructional time and positioning students for academic achievement. VitalSource’s Verba Connect application manages Inclusive Access programs at over 100 campuses in the U.S. and Canada.

Follett (McHenry, IL) in December acquired NextTier Education (Chicago), a cloud-based software solution that provides counselors, students, and parents with information and guidance intended to help students achieve their postsecondary goals and ensure every student has equal access to higher education.

Canadian educational publisher Nelson (Scarborough, Ontario, Canada) and Marshall Cavendish Education (Singapore) are partnering to develop a new Canadian math program, My Math Path for grades 1-8. My Math Path will integrate MCE's Singapore Math pedagogy, which emphasizes teaching students to think critically and to solve problems with applications to real-life situations. Program content will be aligned to Canadian curriculum and developed using the Concrete Pictorial-Abstract Approach, which allows students to master math concepts, develop critical thinking, and strengthen problem-solving skills. The program will include an online center, virtual manipulatives and games, along with professional development for educators.

Cross-curricular platform provider StudySync (Sonoma, CA) is partnering with The News Literacy Project, a non-profit organization that helps educate middle and high school students about how to separate fact from opinion in media reports. NLP will provide articles and video content for StudySync’s SyncBlasts, which offer reading and writing assignments that present social studies, science and current event topics relevant to students’ lives.

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