Skip to main content

McGraw-Hill Tackles Three of the Biggest Challenges Facing Colleges: Student Preparation, Retention and Career Readiness

New McGraw-Hill Enterprise & Services Group to Partner with College Leaders on Improving Student Outcomes

Tags: Article, Learning Science, ALEKS, Higher Education

NEW YORK, N.Y. (October 25, 2016) – McGraw-Hill, a learning science company, today announced the formation of a new group that will partner with higher education institutions to spur innovation and change, tackling three of the biggest challenges they face: Improving student preparation for college, raising retention rates, and building students’ career readiness.

The new Enterprise & Services group builds upon the company’s success in supporting faculty and students at the classroom level through its trusted content, adaptive technology, data and analytics, and open ecosystem of products and services. It applies the company’s focus on outcomes, data and learning science to whole institutions, helping college leaders move the needle on preparation, retention and career readiness.

The need is especially acute as a majority of colleges struggle to retain and graduate students at high rates. For every 10 students that enter college, only seven will make it to sophomore year. Only six will graduate from four-year schools and three from two-year schools. Just two will find a job in a degree-related field.1 At a time of rapid change and shrinking budgets, college leaders are under increasing pressure to improve these outcomes.

“Every institution has unique challenges, and we’re looking to partner with leaders who want to take a data-driven approach to innovation and improving outcomes,” said Jerome Grant, SVP of Enterprise Services at McGraw-Hill, who leads the new Enterprise & Services group.

More information about McGraw-Hill Enterprise & Services can be found online:

By engaging with strategic partners and developing new services, McGraw-Hill is building a framework of solutions and services that will tackle this challenge holistically. Already the company is supporting more than 150 institutions that are rethinking their approach to preparation using the adaptive tool ALEKS PPL, and working with many others on “inclusive access” arrangements to provide digital materials to students on the first day of class at lower cost compared to when students purchase them individually. Through a new agreement with data analytics services provider ZogoTech, McGraw-Hill is helping institutions make data-informed decisions to improve retention.

“The big questions for college administrators these days are: How do I ensure students are better prepared when they start college and ready to move into the core of their curriculum? How do I keep them engaged and progressing toward graduation? How do I prove that what I’m teaching is going to lead to a credential that’s marketable and will enable people to get jobs?” said Sally Shankland, president of McGraw-Hill's Higher Education Group. “McGraw-Hill Education Enterprise & Services helps administrators support every step of the student journey.”

McGraw-Hill will launch the formation of its Enterprise & Services group at an event at the annual EDUCAUSE conference in Anaheim, Calif.

McGraw Hill
McGraw Hill is a leading global education company that partners with millions of educators, learners and professionals around the world. Recognizing their diverse needs, we build trusted content, flexible tools and powerful digital platforms to help them achieve success on their own terms. Through our commitment to equity, accessibility and inclusion, we foster a culture of belonging that respects and reflects the diversity of the communities, learners and educators we serve. McGraw Hill has over 30 offices across North America, Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East and South America, and makes its learning solutions for PreK-12, higher education, professionals and others available in more than 80 languages. Visit us at or find us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, or X.

Tyler Reed
McGraw Hill
(914) 512-4853