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[February 14, 2017]

2U, Inc. Announces Recipients of the Company's First Research Grants

LANDOVER, Md., Feb. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- 2U, Inc. (NASDAQ: TWOU), a leader in partnering with colleges and universities to deliver the world's best online degree programs, announced today award recipients of 2U's first research grants initiative. The one-year awards, totaling nearly $200,000, are designed to support the research work of full-time faculty members and academic leaders at 2U's partner universities.

"2U's research grants will support 2U partner institutions by funding innovative research in core areas relevant to the shared mission of delivering high-quality online education," said Jason "JZ" Zocks, executive vice president of program management for 2U. "The grants are focused on four areas critical to the success of online learning: the measurement of student outcomes, strategies for faculty effectiveness, strategies for sharing and growing best practices, and interdisciplinary studies from large-scale data."

The following nine winners have been selected by a committee of higher education leaders:

  • Georgetown School of Nursing & Health Sciences
    Lois Wessel: "Interprofessional Education on Families in Crisis"
  • GW Milken Institute of Public Health
    Julie DeLoia, Monique Turner, Andrew Wiss: "Exploring the Relationship Between Contingent Faculty's Perceptions of Institutional Connectedness and Student Satisfaction in Online Graduate Courses"
  • b>Simmons School of Social Work
    Judah Axe: "The Effects of Oral Quizzes on Written Exam Performance in an Online Course"
  • Syracuse School of Information Studies
    Jeffrey Saltz: "Improving the Structure of Online Breakout Activities Using Pair Programming Techniques"
  • The Family Institute at Northwestern University
    Eric Beeson: "An Exploration of Sense of Community Among Online Graduate Students"
  • UC Berkeley School of Information
    Drew Paulin: "Exploring the Relationship Between Online Synchronous Interaction and Learning Outcomes"
  • UNC Chapel Hill Kenan-Flagler Business School
    Eric Ghysels, Steve Raymond, Valentin Verdier: "Estimating Value-Added Models of Student Learnings With Online Course Data"
  • USC Rossier School of Education
    Stephen Aguilar: "Using Learning Analytics and Natural Language Processing to Explore the Role of Synchronous Chat in Knowledge Construction During Online Course Sessions"
  • USC Rossier School of Education
    Stephen Aguilar, John Pascarella: "Assessing the Role of Asynchronous Materials in Supporting Learning"

About 2U, Inc. (NASDAQ:TWOU) 
2U partners with leading colleges and universities to deliver the world's best online degree programs so students everywhere can reach their full potential. Our Platform, a fusion of cloud-based software-as-a-service technology and technology-enabled services, provides schools with the comprehensive operating infrastructure they need to attract, enroll, educate, support and graduate students globally. Blending live face-to-face classes, dynamic course content and real-world learning experiences, 2U's No Back Row® approach ensures that every qualified student can experience the highest quality university education for the most successful outcome. To learn more, go to

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