Cengage Learning Signs Agreement with California State University to Provide Discounted eTextbooks

Agreement Represents One of the Largest Digital Partnerships Ever Between a Publisher and University System, Affecting More Than 400,000 Students

Stamford, CT – February 22, 2012 – Cengage Learning, a leading global provider of print and digital teaching, learning and research solutions, today announced an agreement with California State University (CSU), the largest university system in the country, to provide discounted eTextbooks to students as part of the Affordable Learning Solutions campaign. One of the largest digital resources contracts signed by a university system, this three-year contract will allow more than 400,000 students on 23 campuses to access Cengage Learning eTextbooks at a substantial cost savings.

The Affordable Learning Solutions campaign is part of a CSU initiative to help control the cost of education for students. Cengage Learning was selected as a partner by CSU following an extensive request for proposals process. Beyond just a select number of campuses and courses, Cengage Learning will be providing eTextbooks for all academic disciplines and departments.

“We’re excited about the opportunities that are emerging as our industry moves from print to digital and institutions look to work directly with publishers. At Cengage Learning, we’ve anticipated these changes and have organized our sales team to better align with customers’ needs,” said Rich Foley, Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Cengage Learning. “We look forward to working with CSU and other universities to offer our unparalleled content and pedagogically-driven homework and assessment solutions.”

“We are always looking at how we can best connect our faculty and students to the most engaging educational content at the best price,” said Gerard L. Hanley, PhD., Senior Director of Academic Technology Services, California State University. “Our agreement with Cengage Learning is a win for the CSU system, for the publishers, and, most importantly, for the students.”  

Cengage Learning eTextbooks can be purchased by CSU students through their campus bookstore and CengageBrain.com. The eTextbooks are device and Learning Management System (LMS) agnostic, can be accessed online or offline, and include interactive capabilities such as note-taking and highlighting.

For more information on Cengage Learning’s innovative digital learning solutions and eTextbooks, please visit http://www.cengage.com.  


About Cengage Learning

Cengage Learning is a leading provider of innovative teaching, learning and research solutions for the academic, professional and library markets worldwide. The company’s products and services are designed to foster academic excellence and professional development, increase student engagement, improve learning outcomes and deliver authoritative information to people whenever and wherever they need it. Through the company’s unique position within both the library and academic markets, Cengage Learning is providing integrated learning solutions that bridge from the library to the classroom.  Cengage Learning’s brands include Brooks/Cole, Course Technology, Delmar, Gale, Heinle, South-Western and Wadsworth, among others. Cengage Learning is headquartered in Stamford, CT.  For more information on Cengage Learning please visit www.cengage.com.

About the California State University

The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, approximately 427,000 students and 44,000 faculty and staff. The CSU awards about 99,000 degrees annually and since its creation in 1961 has conferred nearly 2.6 million. The CSU is renowned for the quality of its teaching and for the job-ready graduates it produces. The mission of the CSU is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever changing needs of the people of California. With its commitment to excellence, diversity and innovation, the CSU is the university system that is working for California.

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