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Barnes & Noble Education Announces Expanded Library of Digital Courseware in Criminal Justice

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BASKING RIDGE, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Barnes
& Noble Education, Inc. (NYSE: BNED)
, a leading provider of
educational products and services solutions for higher education and
K-12 institutions, today announced it has expanded its library of BNC
OER+
digital courseware to include 10 criminal justice courses.

Access to affordable learning materials remains a significant barrier to
student engagement in higher education. While instructors in many
academic disciplines have begun to adopt lower cost materials to support
student affordability, criminal justice professors have had fewer
high-quality, low-cost options available in their discipline, making
these materials more difficult to adopt.

Priced at $25 per student, BNC OER+, formerly known as LoudCloud
Courseware, blends open educational resources (“OER”) and originally
authored content with a full range of ancillary materials, such as
auto-graded practice problems, summative exams and homework activities.
The courseware is highly customizable, empowering faculty to easily
personalize their course material. Powered with analytics, the platform
also provides integrated insights, enabling both students and their
faculty to monitor performance and improve learning outcomes.

In talking with various faculty members, we recognized an increased
need for more low-cost, customizable content in the criminal justice
discipline, and felt it was important to expand our library of
courseware content to further drive affordability, accessibility and
achievement for these students and faculty,” said Sesha Bolisetty, Head
of Content Operations, BNED. “We look forward to partnering with
additional faculty members in the coming semesters to deliver these
engaging digital courses in the criminal justice field.”

According to a recent BNC OER+ user survey, more than 90 percent of
students found the courseware content to be helpful in understanding the
subject matter better. More than 85 percent of students felt the
courseware platform interface was easy to use.

BNC OER+ has been well-received among faculty members leveraging the
criminal justice material for their courses. Feedback includes:

  • I have utilized the BNC OER+ platform at Penn State Beaver for two
    semesters. My students have found the platform easy to access,
    engaging, and they love the affordability. They particularly enjoy the
    videos directly linked to their readings. As a professor, I am excited
    that I can tailor the material to my lectures and state specific
    laws, issues, and current events while having a strong foundation
    already established in the platform. This provides me the opportunity
    to increase engagement and, ultimately, retention.” – Jodi Ann
    Gill, Criminal Justice Instructor, Penn State Beaver
  • The Juvenile Delinquency course was developed by a team
    of experts who are actively teaching the subject and know firsthand
    the complexity of its themes in both the classroom and online
    settings. The course’s design is student-centered, explaining the
    factors that contribute to juvenile delinquency and the process that
    juveniles face once in the juvenile justice system, in a clear and
    concise way. The course also includes thought-provoking learning
    resources such as videos, discussion questions and assignments to help
    instructors meet the learning objectives of the course. This course is
    a great platform for both instructors and administrators looking to
    update their Criminal Justice courses offered at their institution.” – Glenda
    Torrealba, MCJ, Hillsborough Community College & Ana G. Mendez
    University
  • Being able to rely on a rich set of course materials to use as a
    starting point is tremendously helpful, especially for professors who
    are teaching a new topic for the first time or who teach a topic only
    occasionally. The Homeland Security course is a good example. It
    provides a baseline package that our adjuncts can ‘grab and go fast.’
    It also helps ensure that the course is consistent from semester to
    semester, and that it delivers the essential prerequisite baseline
    knowledge that is important for our more advanced courses. No matter
    who is teaching the course, we know the content will be right. BNED’s
    courses contain rich material that is relevant, visually appealing and
    easy to use.” — Dr. Daniel T. Murphy, Massachusetts Maritime Academy
  • Introduction to Criminal Law provides an excellent foundation for
    anyone interested in examining the topic. The reader is provided with
    the historical building blocks of criminal law and a tour through its
    development in the United States. Most importantly, the text provides
    an understanding of how individual criminal statutes are created,
    interpreted and applied. As a practitioner as well as an academic, I
    believe a student of criminal justice needs to understand how the
    criminal laws are actually applied by law enforcement and our federal
    and state courts. This text offers a balance between the theoretical
    approach and ‘real world’ impact of criminal law.” — Roger Wright,
    Professor Emeritus, University of Cincinnati Criminal Justice

BNC OER+ criminal justice course offerings include:

  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Investigation
  • Homeland Security
  • Victimology
  • Police Function
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Introduction to Criminal Law
  • Criminology
  • Correction Institutions
  • Juvenile Delinquency

All courses are available now for immediate use and class adoptions.

To learn more about BNC OER+ or to request a demo, visit: www.bncoerplus.com
or contact Courseware@bnedloudcloud.com.

ABOUT BARNES & NOBLE EDUCATION, INC.

Barnes & Noble Education, Inc. (NYSE: BNED) is a leading
provider of higher education and K-12 educational products and
solutions. Through its Barnes & Noble College and MBS Textbook Exchange
segments, Barnes & Noble Education operates 1,453 physical and virtual
bookstores across the U.S., serving more than 6 million students and
faculty. Through its Digital Student Solutions segment, the Company
offers direct-to-student products and services that help students study
more effectively and improve academic performance, enabling them to gain
the valuable skills necessary to succeed after college. The Company also
operates one of the largest textbook wholesale distribution channels in
the United States. For more information please visit www.bned.com.

BNED companies include: Barnes
& Noble College Booksellers, LLC
, MBS
Textbook Exchange, LLC
, BNED
LoudCloud, LLC
, Student
Brands, LLC
, Promoversity,
LLC
, and PaperRater,
LLC
. General information on Barnes & Noble Education may be obtained
by visiting the Company’s corporate website: www.bned.com.

Contacts

Media:
Barnes & Noble Education
Carolyn J.
Brown
Senior Vice President
Corporate Communications & Public
Affairs
(908) 991-2967
cbrown@bned.com

BlackRock Declares Quarterly Dividend of $3.30 on Common Stock

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NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–BlackRock, Inc. (NYSE:BLK) today announced that its Board of Directors
has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $3.30 per share of common
stock, payable June 20, 2019 to shareholders of record at the close of
business on June 6, 2019.

About BlackRock

BlackRock helps investors build better financial futures. As a fiduciary
to investors and a leading provider of financial technology, our clients
turn to us for the solutions they need when planning for their most
important goals. As of March 31, 2019, the firm managed approximately
$6.52 trillion in assets on behalf of investors worldwide. For
additional information on BlackRock, please visit www.blackrock.com
| Twitter: @blackrock | Blog: www.blackrockblog.com
| LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/blackrock.

Contacts

Investor Relations
Samantha Tortora
212-810-5397
samantha.tortora@blackrock.com

Media Relations
Brian Beades
212-810-5596
brian.beades@blackrock.com

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TechTarget Integrates 1st and 3rd Party Intent Data within Priority Engine Platform to Help Companies Make Faster Sales and Marketing Progress with Best Fit Accounts

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Enhanced account prioritization and intelligence combines
relevant TechTarget intent, fit and customer engagement data to improve
sales and marketing conversions

NEWTON, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–TechTarget,
Inc.
 (Nasdaq: TTGT), the global leader in B2B technology purchase
intent data and services today announced the release of enhanced account
rankings and insights in IT Deal Alert Priority
Engine
TM, fueled by 1st and 3rd
party purchase intent data. Marketing and sales teams will now be able
to leverage this new intelligence to get to the right accounts and
prospects faster, increasing conversions and accelerating pipeline.

“TechTarget has always focused on delivering ROI,” said Michael Cotoia,
CEO, TechTarget. “These new updates now make it even easier for our
customers to close deals faster by helping them find the prospects that
are directly in their sweet spot.”

TechTarget’s Priority Engine is a SaaS-based platform that delivers
direct access to the most active in-market accounts and fully
permissioned prospects doing purchase research in specific technology
markets. In addition to providing exclusive third-party intent insights
on the topical interests of accounts, recency and relevancy of activity,
vendor consideration and installed technologies, TechTarget is now able
to integrate multiple first-party insights, such as Ideal Customer
Profile (ICP) matching, direct engagement on a vendor’s website and
specific interactions buyers have with a customer’s content and
advertising across the TechTarget network within the platform to deliver
vastly improved account prioritization capabilities. This latest release
provides better tools for enterprise technology marketing and sales
teams to more effectively reach and engage high value accounts within
their total addressable market, including:

  • Personalized account rankings that reflect organic research
    with TechTarget AND direct engagement with the customer to improve
    marketing and sales effectiveness.
  • Ideal Customer Profile creation and filtering directly within
    Priority Engine to efficiently find, track and convert identified best
    fit customers.
  • Enhanced qualification intelligence showcases the key
    attributes that make accounts high priority targets, including: buying
    stage, ICP match and if there is a confirmed project.
  • Improved engagement signals show you precisely when accounts
    visit your website, click on your banners and/or download your content.
  • Indicators of new and recent activities give sales users new
    reasons to call and help them engage the buying team with highly
    tailored outreach.

TechTarget, named a Leader in The Forrester WaveTM: B2B
Marketing Data Providers, Q3 2018, has cemented its leadership in its
space because of the significant value and ROI its customers achieve.
TechTarget purchase intent insight is uniquely powerful because of how
it is made and how it is delivered to B2B tech marketers and sales
professionals. The actionable insights within the Priority Engine
platform are achievable because of the depth of original
decision-support content spanning 10,000 unique IT topics across
TechTarget’s network of over 140 enterprise technology-specific websites
as well as the Company’s suite of marketing and sales engagement
services.

“Over the past six months we’ve been focused on bringing even more
actionable data into Priority Engine to help our customers more
efficiently identify and make progress with best fit accounts,” said
Andrew Briney, Senior Vice President of Products, TechTarget. “This
release marks a major milestone in these efforts and a big leap forward
for the platform.”

To learn more about Priority Engine, please or visit TechTarget.com/Priority-Engine.

About TechTarget

TechTarget
(Nasdaq: TTGT) is the global leader in purchase intent-driven marketing
and sales services that deliver business impact for enterprise
technology companies. By creating abundant, high-quality editorial
content across more than 140 highly targeted technology-specific
websites, TechTarget attracts and nurtures communities of technology
buyers researching their companies’ information technology needs. By
understanding these buyers’ content consumption behaviors, TechTarget
creates the purchase intent insights that fuel efficient and effective
marketing and sales activities for clients around the world.

TechTarget has offices in Boston, London, Munich, Paris, San Francisco,
Singapore and Sydney. For more information, visit techtarget.com
and follow us on Twitter @TechTarget.

(C) 2019 TechTarget, Inc. All rights reserved. TechTarget and the
TechTarget logo are registered trademarks and IT Deal Alert and Priority
Engine are trademarks of TechTarget. All other trademarks are the
property of their respective owners.

Contacts

Media Inquiries
Garrett Mann
Director of Marketing
TechTarget,
Inc.
617-431-9371
gmann@techtarget.com

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AM Best Affirms Credit Ratings of The Allstate Corporation and Its Key Subsidiaries

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OLDWICK, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AM Best affirmed the Financial Strength Rating (FSR) of A+
(Superior) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Ratings (Long-Term ICR) of
“aa” of the members of Allstate Insurance Group (Allstate).
Additionally, AM Best has affirmed the FSR of A (Excellent) and the
Long-Term ICRs of “a” of the members of Allstate New Jersey Insurance
Group (collectively referred to as Allstate New Jersey) (headquartered
in Bridgewater, NJ). Concurrently, AM Best has affirmed the FSR of A+
(Superior) and the Long-Term ICRs of “aa” of the key life/health members
of the Allstate Life Group (Allstate Life). At the same time, AM Best
has affirmed the Long-Term ICR of “a”, and all existing Long- and
Short-Term Issue Credit Ratings (Long-Term IR; Short-Term IR) of the
ultimate parent, The Allstate Corporation (Allcorp). The outlook of
these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable.

All the above named companies are headquartered in Northbrook, IL,
except where specified. (See link below for a detailed listing of the
companies and ratings.)

The ratings of Allstate reflect its balance sheet strength, which AM
Best categorizes as strongest, as well as its strong operating
performance, favorable business profile and very strong enterprise risk
management (ERM).

Allstate’s strong capital position reflects its favorable earnings,
which have contributed to organic surplus growth in each of the past
five years on a pre-dividend basis. Allstate’s operating results
continue to be favorable due to enhanced pricing sophistication, and
improved loss cost and expense management while maintaining underwriting
discipline. Additionally, Allstate has a significant market presence and
favorable overall business profile as one of the largest personal lines
writers in the United States. Allstate also benefits from the additional
liquidity provided by Allcorp and its subsidiary, Kennett Capital, Inc.,
and through access to capital markets, lines of credit and its
commercial paper program. The group’s favorable margins are attributable
to enhanced pricing accuracy and risk optimization, along with its solid
core underwriting capabilities, prudent capital management and sizable
investment income. Lastly, underwriting results also reflect the
favorable impact of Allstate’s ongoing risk management actions, various
expense management initiatives and its significant investment in
technology, as Allstate has shown the ability to adapt quickly to market
trends to ensure continued underwriting and operating profitability.

Partially offsetting these positive rating attributes is Allstate’s
inherent exposure to natural disasters due to its expansive market
presence throughout the United States. However, Allstate over the past
several years has maintained an extensive catastrophe risk exposure
management program, including a significantly enhanced property
catastrophe reinsurance program, stricter underwriting guidelines,
increased deductibles and discontinuance of selected lines of coverage
such as earthquake. In addition, this expansive geographic presence
provides inherent diversification against the impact of one or a few
significant weather events. The group’s underwriting results in recent
years have benefited from these risk-management actions. While the group
maintains above-average underwriting and investment leverage, relative
to industry norms, it has maintained capital levels supportive of its
business risks.

The ratings of Allstate New Jersey reflect its balance sheet strength,
which AM Best categorizes as very strong, as well as its strong
operating performance, limited business profile and appropriate ERM.
Additionally, the ratings recognize the financial strength, ERM and
continued support of Allstate Insurance Company, as well as Allcorp.

Allstate New Jersey maintains favorable risk-adjusted capitalization,
consistently profitable operating performance and management’s local
market knowledge. These positive rating attributes are offset partially
by the group’s business concentration within one state, resulting in
potential operating variability due to local market disruptions and
localized catastrophe weather events. The ratings further recognize the
consistent profitability trends in underwriting in recent years, along
with the expectation that trends in capitalization and operating
performance will continue in the near to medium term.

The ratings of Allstate Life reflect its balance sheet strength, which
AM Best categorizes as very strong, as well as its strong operating
performance, favorable business profile and very strong ERM.
Additionally, the ratings recognize the financial strength and continued
support of Allstate Insurance Company, as well as Allcorp.

Allstate Life’s overall balance sheet strength assessment is supported
by its very strong risk-adjusted capitalization and favorable liquidity,
as well as the organization’s expertise in stress testing and economic
capital modeling. Partially offsetting these strengths are the company’s
somewhat higher level of investment risk as a percentage of capital and
surplus, which is also higher than industry benchmarks. This risk is
mitigated partially by the use of a barbell asset allocation strategy,
which allows for longer dated annuity liabilities to be backed by
alternative assets, and the utilization of cash flow duration-matched
assets for shorter dated liabilities.

Allstate Life’s strong operating performance benefits from its core
traditional life and voluntary benefit product sales growth and its
favorable underwriting results, which are enhanced by a consistent
stream of net investment income. The company continues to manage the
run-off of its declining, yet sizable, exposure to interest sensitive
business within its annuities segment. Allstate Life’s recognized market
presence and strength of distribution across the organization create
additional benefits and synergies that drive its ability to compete in
its core markets. The company continues to work toward further
enhancement of digital capabilities in order to create a streamlined
consumer experience and increased efficiency. Allstate Life benefits
from a very strong risk culture and governance that has been embedded
throughout the organization.

A complete
listing
of The Allstate Corporation and its property/casualty and
life/health subsidiaries’ FSRs, Long-Term ICRs and Long- and Short-Term
IRs also is available.

This press release relates to Credit Ratings that have been published
on AM Best’s website. For all rating information relating to the release
and pertinent disclosures, including details of the office responsible
for issuing each of the individual ratings referenced in this release,
please see AM Best’s
Recent
Rating Activity
web page. For additional information
regarding the use and limitations of Credit Rating opinions, please view
Understanding
Best’s Credit Ratings
. For information on the proper media
use of Best’s Credit Ratings and AM Best press releases, please view
Guide
for Media – Proper Use of Best’s Credit Ratings and AM Best Rating
Action Press Releases
.

AM Best is a global rating agency and information provider with a
unique focus on the insurance industry. Visit
www.ambest.com
for more information
.

Copyright © 2019 by A.M. Best Rating Services, Inc. and/or its
affiliates. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Contacts

Edin Imsirovic
Senior Financial Analyst – P/C
+1
908 439 2200, ext. 5740

edin.imsirovic@ambest.com

Christopher
Sharkey

Manager, Public Relations
+1 908 439
2200, ext. 5159

christopher.sharkey@ambest.com

Kate
Steffanelli

Senior Financial Analyst- L/H
+1 908
439 2200, ext. 5063

kate.steffanelli@ambest.com

Jim
Peavy

Director, Public Relations
+1 908 439
2200, ext. 5644

james.peavy@ambest.com

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