October 29, 2010 | | Leave a comment Arizona State University (ASU) has announced a partnership with the online education provider Pearson to increase online student enrollment, reports The Arizona Republic. The agreement allows ASU to design and teach online courses, while Pearson will provide software that will manage the learning systems and delivery of online programs. Furthermore, students will attend each online course for seven and a half weeks. The school offers online degrees in nursing, sociology, political science, criminology and criminal justice. The university plans to offer a new web-based bachelor’s degree in psychology starting next year. "ASU is partnering with Pearson eCollege in order to rapidly accelerate the development of high-quality coursework and achieve enrollment goals of 17,000 to 30,000 undergraduate students within the next five years," said Philip Regier, executive vice provost and dean of ASU Online, told the news source. Currently, the school’s 1,600 online students pay $975 per course, excluding college fees. Furthermore, college officials added that non-resident students will pay the same for online classes that on-campus students do. According to a Babson-Sloan report, more than one in four students are enrolled in at least one online course.