May 08, 2020
2U Co-Founder and CEO Christopher "Chip" Paucek released the following statement on the news:
"As a trusted partner for nearly a decade, 2U has helped Simmons bring high-quality online education to thousands of graduate students while strengthening the financial standing of the university. Together, Simmons and 2U have built six sustainable and successful online graduate degree programs in critical fields including nursing, social work, and public health. As part of Simmons' Covid-19 continuity plans and ongoing digital transformation strategy, 2U is proud to support the university's bold leadership in bringing an affordable, engaging, and academically rigorous online undergraduate option to students this fall semester and beyond."
Under the expanded partnership, 2U will provide Simmons with its industry-leading scalable technology and services to effectively manage undergraduate courses and ensure online classes run smoothly, a learning technology interface, 24/7 technical support for students and faculty, secure tools to protect university data, and faculty training on platform use and online teaching best practices.
In a recent study by Gallup and 2U, graduates from 2U-powered online degree programs reported experiences that were just as good as—if not better than— students in on-campus programs. Since 2012, students pursuing Simmons' online graduate degrees have experienced the same consistently excellent pedagogy and learning outcomes in the online environment as their on-campus counterparts. For example, across both online and on-campus programs, the board pass rate for Simmons Family Nurse Practitioner students is 95.9%—over 10 points higher than the national average.
Additional details on Simmons's online undergraduate announcement can be found in today's press release from
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