Higher Education

Pearson is a company with a strong sense of purpose, focusing on three key issues of social and economic importance: literacy, efficacy, and competitiveness. We aim to make a measurable difference to learning outcomes for students and educators, and our rigorous research methods — both in-house and independently conducted — provide solid evidence that our products, programs, and services are helping to enhance and further academic achievement. Building and maintaining trust is at the core of our business. By providing substantive, verifiable studies reflecting the effectiveness of our preK-12, higher education, and assessment programs, we are able to shine a spotlight on the deep connection between our commitment to excellence and demonstrated student success.

Pearson’s award-winning higher education online learning programs have been proven effective at increasing access to learning opportunities, improving student performance and lowering costs for both institutions and students. We sponsor and conduct research about current and future learning trends, including students’ perceptions of tablets and other mobile devices; faculty use of social media; and the first-ever national survey of community college students.

Pearson Student Mobile Device Survey

Pearson ran the Student Mobile Device Survey to better understand how students use mobile technology for learning. The survey focused on how students use the mobile devices they currently own for learning, and how they would like to use those devices in the future. The survey asked students from grade 4 through college about the mobile devices that they own and intend to buy; how they currently use mobile devices for school work and how they expect to use them in the future; and their attitudes towards tablets for learning.

Harris Interactive ran the survey on behalf of Pearson between January 28 and February 24, 2013 among 1,206 college students.



Pearson Student Mobile Device Survey 2013 – National Report on College Students (public release)

Pearson Student Mobile Device Survey 2013 – National Report summary tabulations (public release)

Cross tabulations:
Pearson Student Mobile Device Survey 2013 – National Data Tables – Banner 1 (PUBLIC RELEASE)

Earlier reports in this series:
Pearson Foundation Survey on Students and Tablets, 2012
Pearson Foundation Survey on Students and Tablets, 2011

Pearson’s MyLab and Mastering programs

MyLab and Mastering, Pearson’s leading online learning products, deliver customizable content and highly personalized study plans, responsive tools, and real-time evaluation and diagnostics.

Raising the Bar: The Power of Pearson’s MyLab and Mastering Programs Case Study Results: — 2010


Making the Grade, V.4
How to Improve Your MyMathLab Implementation Through Personalization and Best Practices — Summer 2010

Making the Grade, V.4.1
How to Improve Your MyMathLab Implementation Through Personalization and Best Practices — January 2011


Measuring student learning with item response theory

Evaluation and student perception of ‘˜MasteringBiology’ as a learning and formative assessment tool in a first year Biology subject

Time to Completion of Web-Based Physics Problems with Tutoring

English and World Languages

MyLanguageLabs in Action: Proven Performance

English MyLabs: Vision in Action, V 2.0: A History and Report on Efficacy


MyWritingLab: In the Classroom: Creating High-Impact Technology for Today’s Learners




The Effectiveness of MyPsychLab as a Blended Learning Delivery Program

Pearson Foundation

The Pearson Foundation Survey on Students and Tablets

The Pearson Foundation Community College Student Survey

Social Media

Teaching, Learning, and Sharing: How Today’s Higher Education Faculty Use Social Media
April 2011

Continued Investment in Efficacy Research of Pearson's Curriculum Programs

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Intervention Rescue

Department of Education’s What Works Clearinghouse Grants Top Ratings to Pearson’s enVisionMATH K-6 Research