Cengage Statement on Authors’ Complaints

“We are disappointed to see these complaints against our efforts to improve students’ access to affordable, quality learning materials.  Since its inception in March 2011, the MindTap learning platform has consistently helped students achieve higher retention, grades and confidence.  However, despite significant investments in proven products, it became increasingly apparent that students were not able to afford them. Our authors, like those at our competitors, saw declining royalties as a result of high prices that lowered students’ demand.  The Cengage Unlimited subscription service was created to address this longstanding problem.  It also enables a more sustainable business model for the company and our authors.

“We have communicated clearly with our authors that the subscription service is consistent with the terms of their contracts, which we continue to honor.  Since the service launched, we are in regular communication with them about the impact of the subscription on their royalties.

“We look forward to vigorously responding to these complaints as we remain steadfast in our belief that our industry must do more to contribute to affordable higher education.”