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Knewton to Power College Readiness Courses at PSU, SUNY, UNLV, & MSMU

Posted in Knerds on June 22, 2011 by



Last week, Knewton made an exciting announcement: four more universities will use our Adaptive Learning Platform™ to power their college readiness courses. Penn State University, The State University of New York, University of Nevada – Las Vegas, and Mount St. Mary’s University will all be utilizing our technology. In addition, we announced that Arizona State University — with whom we partnered at the beginning of the year — wants the Knewton platform to power more math courses at their school.

Everyone at Knewton worked very hard in the months leading up to this announcement, and we’re really excited to share the good news.

More details can be found in the official press release, but for now, we thought we’d address some common questions surrounding the announcement, the Adaptive Learning Platform™, and the college readiness problem.

Tell us more about the schools you’ll be working with.

Penn State University (PSU):

PSU is a public university with 14 campuses throughout the state of Pennsylvania. In 2011, U.S. News and World Report ranked PSU as one of the top 15 public universities in the nation.

The State University of New York (SUNY):

SUNY is a public university system in New York. With 64 campuses and a total enrollment of 465,000 students, it is the largest comprehensive system of its kind in the world.

University of Nevada – Las Vegas (UNLV):

UNLV is a public university located in Paradise, NV, a suburb of Las Vegas. Approximately 29,000 students attend the University of Las Vegas – Nevada.

Mount St. Mary’s University (MSMU):

MSMU is a private Catholic university located in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Also known as “The Mount,” the school has an enrollment of 1,600 undergraduate students and emphasizes a liberal arts education.

Arizona State University (ASU):

ASU is a public university in Arizona; the school is spread across 4 campuses. With an enrollment of more than 56,000 undergraduates, ASU has the largest enrollment of any university in the U.S.

How will these schools use Knewton’s platform?

Each university will use Knewton’s Adaptive Learning Platform™ to power college readiness math courses.

The schools will use Knewton’s platform differently depending on their respective needs. For example, one school might use Knewton as a summer bridge course, with a common placement at the beginning and end of the program to quantify students’ successes. Another school might supplement the Knewton course with in-person tutors to monitor and offer support to students. Another university might give students the choice between taking a no-credit developmental math course in the fall or completing the Knewton course in the summer to get up to speed.

ASU, which already uses our platform in its developmental math courses, will also use it to power college-level courses in Mathematics and Algebra.

What’s the “college readiness” problem?

25% of incoming college freshmen arrive on campus without the core math and verbal skills they need to succeed. To put it simply, these students aren’t quite ready for college-level coursework.

Remediation courses work to address these discrepancies, so that students can gain the knowledge and skills they need to continue with their studies.

If there are already remediation courses, why do schools need the Adaptive Learning Platform™?

Because the current remediation solutions aren’t working. According to the Alliance for Excellent Education, 50 percent of students who enter college remediation programs never reach graduation. Those aren’t great odds, and universities know it — which is why they’re looking for innovative solutions to help students succeed.

Our platform brings something new to the table. You can read more about the details here — but to put it simply, the Adaptive Learning Platform™ works by personalizing each course to the individual student.  It’s an interactive, guided learning experience that reacts to the unique needs of each student. The platform makes it very easy for students to stay engaged, and — with its detailed reporting and personalization — very hard for them to fall behind.

To sign up to receive more information about the platform, click here.