Cengage Makes Higher Ed Predictions for 2020

By Danielle Wirsansky on January 12, 2020

Cengage, the largest US-based provider of teaching and learning materials for higher education, has made many strides forward for students and their education since its inception. As they navigate the coming year, the company announced some of its 2020 predictions for trends in education, according to a recent press release.

“My hope for 2020 is that the industry will make a concerted effort to really listen to students and focus on their needs so that education is more impactful,” said Michael E. Hansen, CEO at Cengage.  “All of us in education need to show we have the courage, willingness and financial ability to break the mold and innovate to improve the overall system for students.”

Most of the predictions broadly deal with making learning more accessible to all students through affordability. Sandy Keeter, Program Manager and Professor Seminole State College shared, “As we look ahead to 2020 and beyond, colleges and universities will be pushed to evolve and innovate in order to accommodate all types of learners. As the value of a college degree continues to be questioned, institutions will explore new opportunities to help students embark or advance in their careers, such as certification training and micro-credentialing. This will be especially important as institutions look for ways to create efficiencies and increase revenue, and as students look for more affordable and valuable education options.”

Cengage’s predictions, supported by student and faculty feedback, include “Addressing the affordability crisis will be paramount to the future of education,” “Accessibility will no longer be viewed as a nice-to-have, it’s a must-have. All students need access to quality learning,” and “The promise of digital learning will continue to evolve to support workforce development around the world, appealing to the individual way in which each student learns best.”

Cengage encourages users to tweet at them on Twitter at @CengageLearning using the hashtag #EdTech2020.

Danielle Wirsansky graduated from FSU with a BA in Theatre, a BA in Creative Writing with a minor in History, and an MA in Modern European History with a minor in Public History. While a graduate student, she served as the Communications Officer for the History Graduate Student Association and President/Artistic Director of White Mouse Theatre Productions. She studied abroad in London, England for the Spring 2015 semester at FSU's study center for the Playwriting Program and interned for the English National Theatre of Israel in Summer of 2015. Her first musical, City of Light, opened as part of FSU's New Horizons Festival in Spring of 2016. She has also won the MRCE and URCAA Research grants from FSU. In the past, she served as the Marketing Director for the FSU Student Theatre Association, the intern for the Holocaust Education Resource Council, and the research assistant of Prof. Nathan Stoltzfus. She has previously written for Context Florida (Contributing Writer), USA Today College (Contributing Writer), Sheroes of History (Contributing Blogger), No(le)Reservations (Contributing Blogger), Female, Reloaded (Arts/Entertainment Editor) , I Want a Buzz Magazine (intern), Mandarin Newsline (youth arts update columnist), Distink Designs (Guest blogger), whatscheaper.com (associate editor), escapewizard.com (associate editor), Spark TLH (Contributor), the Tallahassee Democrat (contributor), Elan Literary Magazine (Head of Marketing), and the Improviser Newspaper (Opinions Editor). Danielle has been lucky to be writing for Uloop since 2015 and to have served as the FSU Campus Editor since 2015.

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