October 24, 2007 10:30 ET

Pearson Education Reaches Over One Million Students With JA-SIG's uPortal

Educational Publisher Pearson Education's CourseCompass Product Provides Course Content to a Growing Community Through JA-SIG's Award-Winning Portal

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - October 24, 2007) - EDUCAUSE 2007 Conference - Pearson Education, the global leader in educational publishing, today announced its passing the one million mark in students served through CourseCompass, the educational platform built upon JA-SIG's uPortal application. Pearson offers a comprehensive range of educational programs for every age and level of student, from preK-12 through higher education and on into professional life. JA-SIG uPortal, the 2007 winner of the EDUCAUSE Catalyst Award, is the leading open source enterprise portal framework built by and for the higher education community. uPortal is sustained through contributions from its global community and is supported by resources, grants, donations, and membership fees from academic institutions, commercial affiliates, and non-profit foundations. JA-SIG membership information can be found at: and the latest uPortal release can be downloaded at:

In February 2007, Pearson Education launched its first implementation of uPortal as the home for its largest online service, CourseCompass ( Over one million students have now registered to use CourseCompass, which has over 100,000 logins daily, accessing more than three million gigabytes (three terabytes) of course content. For Pearson's customers, CourseCompass has been the technology behind MyMathLab, which has demonstrated dramatic improvements in student outcomes and retention (

"The uPortal project is enabling Pearson to deliver technology offerings to our customers, while at the same time giving back via open source," says Bill Hughes, Director of Product Management at Pearson's Higher Education Division. "Our commitment to industry standards through such initiatives as uPortal, Sakai and IMS is intended to advance the state-of-the-art of technology in higher education. Recognition of uPortal by organizations like EDUCAUSE is evidence of how the higher education community can drive innovation in meaningful and useful ways."

"We're proud to include Pearson Education as part of our community, and we're grateful for their contributions to uPortal," says Jonathan Markow, JA-SIG Board Chair. "The fact that Pearson trusts the uPortal platform for a strategic application of this size is testimony to its capacity for rock-solid performance and stability."

Pearson is planning to use uPortal technology to extend the success of the CourseCompass solution to its other learning technologies, spanning dozens of course disciplines. Since 2005, Pearson has been investing in the uPortal platform through its work with Unicon (, a leading uPortal contributor and provider of third-party support services. With Unicon's help, Pearson has contributed significant quality and performance testing resources, and source code improvements to uPortal and the open source community.

Related EDUCAUSE 2007 Conference Events

General Session and uPortal EDUCAUSE Catalyst Award video:
     Thursday, October 25, 9:30 am, Exhibit Hall 4A

Featured Panel Discussion - The uPortal Project:
     Thursday, October 25, 2:20 pm, Ballroom 6B

About Pearson Education

Educating 100 million people worldwide, Pearson Education ( is the global leader in educational publishing, providing scientifically research-based print and digital programs to help students of all ages learn at their own pace, in their own way. The company is home to such renowned publishing brands as Pearson Prentice Hall, Pearson Addison Wesley, Pearson Allyn & Bacon, Pearson Benjamin Cummings and Pearson Longman. Pearson Education is part of Pearson (NYSE: PSO), the international media company. In addition to Pearson Education, Pearson's primary operations include the Financial Times Group and the Penguin Group.

About uPortal

uPortal is the leading open source enterprise portal framework built for and by the higher education community. uPortal is built on open standards-based technologies such as Java and XML, and enables easy, standards-based integration with authentication and security infrastructures, single sign-on secure access, and end user customization. It is one of the most widely deployed open source enterprise portal frameworks, having been adopted by hundreds of institutions and the eResearch community in over twenty countries (

About Unicon

Unicon, Inc. is the leading independent provider of open-source frameworks, applications and professional services for the online campus. Unicon delivers enterprise portal, collaboration, learning and integration technology for higher education institutions worldwide. The company is a Sakai Commercial Affiliate for the community source Collaboration and Learning Environment and also a commercial affiliate of the uPortal open source Web portal initiative. Unicon strives to base its solutions on open-source technology for increased productivity and reduced costs. Unicon also provides a full complement of professional consulting, training and support services. More information about Unicon, Inc. is available at

About JA-SIG

JA-SIG, Inc., is a non-profit (501(c)3), international consortium of hundreds of educational institutions and commercial affiliates supporting community source software development and promoting open computing architectures for higher education. JA-SIG has been in operation for over six years, holding bi-annual conferences and sponsoring community-driven, open source software applications like uPortal, the enterprise-grade portal solution; CAS, a flexible Central Authentication Service deployed for single sign-on; and HyperContent, lightweight but powerful web content management. For more information, visit the JA-SIG website at

Contact Information

  • Organization Contact:
    Jonathan Markow
    Board Chair, JA-SIG
    Ph: 347-535-0619
    Email Contact