Education Management ( EDMC), a provider of post-secondary education, agreed to be acquired by Providence Equity Partners and Goldman Sachs Capital Partners for about $3.4 billion. The buyers, two private equity companies, will acquire all of Education Management's shares for $43 apiece, representing a premium of 16.3% over Friday's closing price of $36.98. The transaction is expected to close in the summer of 2006. "This transaction offers great value to our stockholders. Our new partners are world-leading private equity firms that believe in our commitment to investing in our people, academic programs, technology and facilities to assure the highest standards of excellence," the company said. In premarket trading, Education Management rose $4.99 to $41.99.