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Friday, November 13 • 3:30pm - 3:30pm
How the Cengage/McGraw-Hill Merger Failed and What it Means for Open Education

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One of the biggest developments to shake the course material industry this year was the failure of the Cengage/McGraw-Hill merger. Proposed in May 2019, the merger would have remade the textbook industry as a duopoly controlled by two massive companies—perpetuating and intensifying anticompetitive behavior that has caused prices to skyrocket over the past three decades. Following widespread opposition mobilized by students, consumer groups, libraries, higher education associations, and members of Congress, the merger collapsed in May 2020 due to antitrust concerns from the U.S. Department of Justice. This came as a reprieve for many open education advocates, as increased consolidation in the traditional industry could have had significant consequences for OER. 

This session consists of a collection of resources about the Cengage/McGraw-Hill merger that offers a summary of how the merger failed and what it will mean for open education going forward.

Learning Outcomes: 

  • Explain key points about the history of the Cengage/McGraw-Hill merger and how it failed
  • Provide a high-level explanation of why competition in the textbook publishing industry matters for the adoption and sustainability of OER
  • Identify key antitrust issues to watch out for from the textbook publishing industry in the future, including inclusive access




Friday November 13, 2020 3:30pm - 3:30pm EST
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