Coppin State University, a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) serving nearly 4,000 students, has partnered with Pearson to launch the university’s first completely online bachelor’s degree program. The online program in Management begins in September 2012.
The Obama Administration has called on the nation’s HBCUs to consider online learning as a way to increase access and graduation rates. Answering the call, Coppin State’s leaders have worked with Pearson to design an integrated learning solution that is a flexible alternative to on-campus courses. Pearson is providing course development for nearly 50 online courses. The university is using several Pearson products and services, including the CourseConnect library of customizable online courses; MyLabs online homework and tutorial programs; customizable eBooks; and Smarthinking on-demand tutoring and academic support services for each online course.
“In a recent survey, 86 percent of Coppin’s students said they would enroll in an online course. Many of our students come from diverse ethnic, religious and socio-economic backgrounds, so our partnership with Pearson to offer an online program will provide students with more options to complete their degrees and move on to successful careers. And, our work with Pearson will help us to expand our reach beyond the Baltimore community.” said Ronnie Collins, Interim Provost & Vice-President for Academic Affairs