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Friday, August 17, 2012

Pearson PLC enter Higher Education

Publishing Company Enters the For-Profit Higher-Education Sector in England

Starting in September, Pearson PLC, the British-based international publishing and education company, will join the small but growing for-profit higher-education sector in England. Pearson College will offer a flexible “business and enterprise” course leading to a bachelor’s degree, the company announced on Tuesday. Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, a merged institution that is part of the University of London, will validate Pearson’s degrees. Tuition will be £6,500 (about $10,200)—less than the £9,000 maximum universities in England are now allowed to charge.

The entry of a new player in the private higher-education sector drew criticism from the leader of the University and College Union, Britain’s main faculty union, the BBC News reported. “Opening the door to for-profit companies in higher education is very risky, especially given this government’s failure to regulate provision and monitor courses run by private providers,” said Sally Hunt, the union’s general secretary.

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