Michael E. Hansen
Michael E. Hansen became Chief Executive Officer of Cengage Learning in September of 2012 and he oversees all aspects of the global business. Mr. Hansen is focused on the transition the publishing industry is making from print to digital and the development of new learning tools and programs that use technology to foster greater student achievement and success. He has deep experience in equipping organizations with the structure necessary to support these transitions. As a thought leader in the information services sector, Mr. Hansen has an extensive track record in developing successful business models and culture.
In the four years prior to joining Cengage Learning, he served as CEO of Elsevier Health Sciences, a division of Reed Elsevier. During his tenure, he developed and implemented a successful print-to-digital transition and accelerated new electronic product development. Prior to Elsevier Health Sciences, Mr. Hansen served as President and CEO of Harcourt Assessment which was then the education arm of Reed Elsevier.
Early in his career, Mr. Hansen was Executive Vice President of Operational Excellence at Bertelsmann, a $20B global media company. Mr. Hansen spent the first 11 years of his career with the Boston Consulting Group in New York, ultimately becoming Partner and Co-Chairman of the e-Business and Media Practice.
In addition, Mr. Hansen is currently a Board Member of the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS). Mr. Hansen holds a Master of Law degree from the University of Bonn in Germany and an MBA from Columbia University in New York.
Cengage Learning is a global education company that advances the way students learn through engagement, empowerment and discovery. With a focus on technology, the company works to develop new ways to collaborate, inspire and improve learning through its digital platforms. Headquartered in Boston, MA with an office hub in San Francisco, Cengage Learning has 5,000 employees in nearly forty countries and company sales in more than 125 countries around the world.
Over the past three years, Cengage has evolved from a highly regarded education publisher into a leading learning technology company with an innovative approach to students and the learning process. The company focuses on deeply understanding the needs of students – how they work and learn – to deliver personalized education experiences that engage and prime them for success.
Technology is not the answer to all education challenges, but rather, I look at technology as an enabler for innovation. Technology, for the first time, makes the learning experience truly transparent so we can actually see how students learn. Understanding the way students learn is crucial and through the power of technology, we can design and customize educational approaches to help students achieve their full potential.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that STEM employment will increase by more than one million jobs between 2012 and 2022. As a result of this job growth, Cengage Learning is working to ensure student access to the right skills and training so they can be competitive in these fields. MindTap, Cengage Learning’s flagship digital learning solution, serves as one of our greatest examples of the positive impact customizable, student–centric learning tools can have on student success.
Offered in more than 650 courses including those spanning STEM disciplines, MindTap, provides students with access to a combination of reading, multimedia, activities and assessments, in ways designed to increase engagement and maximize understanding and retention. Through a customizable learning path, students in the fields of STEM benefit from MindTap’s flexibility which allows instructors to apply a real-world context to coursework and content. Integrating reading, homework, quizzing, and multi-media assets, MindTap increases student comprehension and retention while analytics and time management tools keep students engaged and motivated.
Building on the proven success of MindTap, this spring Cengage Learning is rolling out MindTap Math Foundations, one of our largest efforts to-date for closing the gap in STEM education. The first in a new product suite designed to tackle the ongoing challenge of college readiness in the US, MindTap Math Foundations is a new approach to developmental math that was designed with input from nearly 1,000 students.
Throughout the product development process, we have been working directly with students and instructors to understand firsthand the greatest impediments to student success in the fields of STEM. Through this research, we made some surprising discoveries about students’ pain points, including the disconnect between instructors’ expectations and students’ experiences.
While foundational math skills are especially important to successful career paths in STEM, a staggering number of students who enroll in remedial math do not complete the course. MindTap Math Foundations was designed to help increase student success by guiding students through the curriculum in a way that easily fits into their daily lives. Unique features within MindTap Math Foundations draw students into the content with problem solving activities and critical thinking opportunities – skills necessary for careers in STEM. The product’s mobile design meets students where they are making learning more manageable for students’ hectic schedules. The solution includes new ways of learning, including short, 15-minute learning bursts to take advantage of downtime and gaming activity that helps students strengthen their critical thinking skills. We are very excited about the launch MindTap Math Foundations and believe it will be a game-changing approach to developmental education.
In addition to new product development and investments in STEM-related solutions, Cengage Learning is forging partnerships to expand on our capabilities to support STEM fields. For example, we recently announced a partnership with San Francisco-based edtech company Codevolve to provide students with hands-on practice writing and running code. This collaboration brings computer science and programming instruction to students that is designed to prepare them for success in the workplace. Moreover, Codevolve seamlessly integrates into MindTap providing students with a tailored learning experience that features hands-on practice and troubleshooting support to maximize engagement.
For the computing space, we are working closely with Microsoft to integrate live Office products into our MindTap solution – which has not been done before in traditional higher education courses. This ensures that students entering the workforce in fields using Office products are adequately prepared, having experience using the exact programs that they will use in their jobs.
Our culture at Cengage Learning promotes the values of engagement, empowerment and discovery both within and outside our company walls – all values that are echoed throughout STEM fields. We are committed to supporting the growth of STEM here in the United States through our work with today’s students. We will continue our focus on innovation to ready the next generation of the workforce to excel in STEM fields using the highest quality learning materials.