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NJIT To Launch Online Graduate Degree Programs with EmbanetCompass

With more than 6.7 million students taking at least one course online, according to the 2012 Survey of Online Learning conducted by Babson Survey Research Group, higher education institutions are stepping up their efforts to meet the growing demand for online programs.  EmbanetCompass and NJIT announced today an expanded partnership to launch three online master’s degree programs in the fall of 2013 as part a plan to offer 10 or more online graduate programs across each graduate school and college at NJIT.  EmbanetCompass, a Pearson-owned company, will deliver integrated services in the areas of marketing, enrollment, student support, course development and technical helpdesk, all designed to keep students engaged and ensure program completion.

Part of the portfolio of new programs launched will be in the high-demand field of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and will position students for career opportunities in the region and beyond.  Building on the success of an existing online Master of Science in Civil Engineering, the next group of programs will include:

• Master of Science in Electrical Engineering

• Master of Business Administration, focused on the management of technology

• Master of Science in Computer Science

• Additional programs will be added in the subsequent semesters thereafter

“The ability to simultaneously offer multiple graduate masters’ programs in the in-demand field of STEM will be a key competitive advantage for NJIT,” said NJIT President Dr. Joel S. Bloom.  “Our expanded partnership with EmbanetCompass will enable us to offer high quality graduate degree programs based on effective curriculum that match the skills in demand in both the local and national economy.  EmbanetCompass’ proven services will also position us to rapidly grow our online offerings in the coming years, and help even more working professionals improve their lives through learning.”

 “Online learning continues to provide unprecedented opportunities for more professionals to obtain a higher education and successfully compete in today’s demanding job market,” said Steve Fireng, President and CEO of EmbanetCompass.  “We are honored to expand on our partnership with NJIT, which will provide graduate students with comprehensive and robust services that will help them attain their academic and career goals.”

EmbanetCompass partners with traditional not-for-profit academic institutions to help them launch and manage successful online academic programs that ensure quality outcomes for students and expand their institutional reach.  EmbanetCompass provides the entire complement of online learning support services–including market research, program marketing, student recruitment, instructional design and technology, student retention support, faculty training and support, and technical helpdesk, allowing our university partners to concentrate on delivering high quality academics.  Its success is based on a history of performance and innovation that provides its academic partners with the stability and agility required to meet the growing global demand for online learning.  EmbanetCompass partners with over 35 colleges and universities serving 120 distance education programs.

Pearson, the world's leading learning company, has global reach and market-leading businesses in education, business information and consumer publishing (NYSE: PSO).  Pearson helps people and institutions break through to improved outcomes by providing innovative print and digital education materials, including personalized learning products such as MyLab and Mastering, CourseConnect customizable online courseware, 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.

One of the nation’s leading public technological universities, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is a top-tier research university that prepares students to become leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. NJIT’s multidisciplinary curriculum and computing-intensive approach to education provide technological proficiency, business acumen and leadership skills. With an enrollment of 11,400 graduate and undergraduate students, NJIT offers small-campus intimacy with the resources of a major public research university. NJIT is a global leader in such fields as solar research, nanotechnology, resilient design, tissue engineering and cybersecurity, in addition to others. NJIT ranks 5th among U.S. polytechnic universities in research expenditures, topping $121 million, and is among the top 1 percent of public colleges and universities in return on educational investment, according to PayScale.com. NJIT has a $1.74 billion annual economic impact on the State of New Jersey.