Press Release - Academic Partnerships and Rosetta Stone Form Strategic Relationship to Bring English Language Instruction to Online Learners Around the World
DALLAS (October 17, 2013)
Academic Partnerships (AP), one of the largest representatives of online learning in the United States and around the world, today announced that it has formed a strategic relationship with Rosetta Stone Inc. (Rosetta Stone) (NYSE:RST), a leading provider of technology-based language-learning solutions. The relationship will allow AP to offer English language instruction to students enrolled in the degree programs of its partner universities free of charge.
“As we expand our presence beyond the United States, we recognize that many of the students at our partner universities would like to improve their English language skills,” said AP Chairman and CEO Randy Best. “We are delighted to have joined forces with Rosetta Stone to help them do just that as part of our commitment to providing industry-leading products and services to our university partners and the students they serve.”
“With the rise of online learning, higher education has become a truly global endeavor,” said Judy Verses, President, Global Institutions at Rosetta Stone. “This relationship reflects AP’s recognition of that fact and our shared belief that being able to communicate across borders and cultures is incredibly valuable.”
The relationship will allow AP to provide Levels 1 and 2 of Rosetta Stone’s English language program to students enrolled in the programs of its partner universities free of charge. Students who have enrolled will have online access to the 100-hours of content offered by the program 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.
Students wishing to pursue their English language lessons further will be able to do so at a reduced rate as a result of this relationship.
Rosetta Stone is the most recent addition to AP’s proprietary portfolio of strategic relationships and initiatives that includes Canvas, the industry-leading, open, easy-to-use, cloud-native learning management system, and Internships.com, the world’s largest internship marketplace, as well as MOOC2Degree. Through this portfolio, AP provides its partner universities and the students they serve with complimentary access to industry-leading products and services as part of its commitment to providing them with tools that will contribute to their success.
About Academic Partnerships
Academic Partnerships (AP) helps universities convert their traditional degree programs into an online format, recruits qualified students, and supports enrolled students through graduation. Serving more than 40 public universities in the United States and numerous top foreign institutions, AP is guided by the principle that the opportunities presented through distance learning make higher education more accessible and achievable for students in the United States and around the world. The company was founded by social entrepreneur Randy Best, an 18-year veteran of developing innovative learning solutions to improve education. For more information, please visit www.academicpartnerships.com.
About Rosetta Stone
Rosetta Stone Inc. (NYSE: RST) is dedicated to changing the way the world learns. The company’s innovative technology-driven language and reading solutions are used by thousands of schools, businesses, government organizations, and millions of individuals around the world. Founded in 1992, Rosetta Stone pioneered the use of interactive software to accelerate language learning. Today the company offers courses in 30 languages, from the most commonly spoken (such as English, Spanish, and Mandarin) to the less prominent (including Swahili, Swedish, and Tagalog). In 2013, Rosetta Stone expanded beyond language and deeper into education-technology with its acquisitions of Livemocha and Lexia Learning. Rosetta Stone is based in Arlington, VA, and has offices in Harrisonburg, VA, Boulder, CO, Austin, TX, San Francisco, CA, Seattle, WA, Concord, MA, Tokyo, Seoul, London, Dubai, and Sao Paulo.
For more information, visit www.rosettastone.com.
“Rosetta Stone” is a registered trademark or trademark of Rosetta Stone Ltd. in the United States and other countries.