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Bridgepoint Education Makes Successful Transition to the Pearson eCollege Online Learning Platform


SAN DIEGO, Jan 14, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Bridgepoint Education, Inc. (NYSE: BPI), a provider of postsecondary education services focused on providing higher access to higher education, announced today that - as originally reported on October 1, 2009 when the process first began - it has successfully transitioned to a new learning management system.

Pearson eCollege is now serving as the online learning platform for Bridgepoint's Ashford University and University of the Rockies. As of January 5, every Ashford University and University of the Rockies online student is on eCollege.

"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 eCollege platform and services will best serve our student population in 2010 and beyond."

"The great thing about this learning management 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."

"Bridgepoint Education had an aggressive time line in mind for transitioning their online learning platform over to eCollege, and not for just one school, but for two," said Matt Leavy, Chief Executive Officer of Pearson eCollege. "Yet, not only were results met on schedule, but 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."

About Bridgepoint Education

Bridgepoint Education's postsecondary education services focus on offering associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs in the disciplines of business, education, psychology, social sciences and health sciences. Bridgepoint Education's regionally accredited academic institutions - Ashford University and University of the Rockies - deliver their programs online as well as at traditional campuses located in Clinton, Iowa, and Colorado Springs, Colorado, respectively. For more information about Bridgepoint Education, visit or call Shari Rodriguez, director of Public Relations at 858.668.2580.

About Pearson eCollege

Pearson eCollege, a part of Pearson (NYSE: PSO), is the leader in powering online learning and programs that enable educators globally to achieve measurable success for online and blended academic programs through on-demand education solutions that advance and improve the teaching and learning experience for learners in multiple types of educational institutions and programs. Pearson eCollege provides a composable (SaaS) learning platform, academic analytics and assessment, rich content solutions and renowned multi-level user support that allow students and teachers to achieve their academic goals. Pearson eCollege is the choice provider of online learning technology and services to the top online schools and programs globally. For more information, go to or contact Susan Aspey at or 800.745.8489.

SOURCE Bridgepoint Education, Incorporated

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