DALLAS, November 28, 2017 — Academic Partnerships (AP) announced today the appointment of Bill Barke to its Board of Directors, fortifying the company's higher education bench strength. Barke brings to AP nearly four decades of deep sector insights, unique industry expertise and leadership.

Over his illustrious career, Barke has held a number of executive roles, including CEO of Pearson's Addison-Wesley group, Executive Chairman of Pearson's higher education business in the U.S. and Canada, Chairman of Pearson Canada and President of Allyn & Bacon. Since stepping down from Pearson in 2014, he remains involved in the education industry focusing on education companies that combine digital disruption with a social mission.

"I am honored to join the Board of Directors of Academic Partnerships." said Barke. "I have watched AP grow to a dominant force in the industry and admired its razor focus on assisting public institutions in the delivery of affordable, accessible and high-quality higher education to working adults."

Randy Best, Chairman of the Board of Academic Partnerships commented, "Bill's deep industry experience and alignment with AP's focus on accessibility and affordability of higher education for mature students makes him a perfect collaborator for our board. We are all looking forward to learning from his insights and knowledge."

In addition to serving on the board of Academic Partnerships, Barke serves or has previously served on the boards of StudyPortals, Sagence Learning, Flat World Knowledge, Jumpstart and The National Academy Foundation. He has advised Knewton, Ellevation Education and Advent International. He also mentors students in the Year Up program.

About Academic Partnerships

Academic Partnerships is a leading online service provider for higher education globally. The company assists universities in converting their on-campus degree programs into an online format, recruits qualified students for those programs, and supports enrolled students through graduation. Serving public and private not-for-profit universities in the United States and top international institutions, Academic Partnerships is guided by the principle that the opportunities presented through technology-aided learning make higher education more accessible and achievable.