New White Paper Demonstrates the Potential of Adaptive Learning Technology to Help Drive Equity at Scale in U.S. Higher Education

Published September 12, 2019

The paper from McGraw-Hill showcases institutions that are improving educational equity by applying new learning methods and tools that adapt to individual student needs

NEW YORK (September 12, 2019) -- A new white paper by McGraw-Hill, “The Equity Equation,” explores the potential of new teaching methods and adaptive learning technology to help drive more sustainable, equitable outcomes for millions of U.S. college students.

In the paper, McGraw-Hill explores the potential of today’s best adaptive learning systems, which are grounded in learning science, to support students from all backgrounds and achievement levels. And it takes a close look at institutions that are effectively using adaptive learning technology to increase educational equity including Columbus State Community College, The College of Health Care Professions and Arizona State University (ASU). “The Equity Equation” white paper is available for free at

The issue of educational equity is top-of-mind for many colleges and universities as they aim to serve more learners and help them realize the financial and personal benefits of a college degree. It also is a growing priority among legislators, policymakers and foundations hoping to expand and scale programs that work for all students and help them succeed.

Unfortunately, serious gaps persist among certain student groups, according to National Student Clearinghouse data, including first-generation students, low-income students and students of color. A recent McGraw-Hill survey of over 3,000 students found that underserved students feel disproportionately unprepared for most aspects of the college experience, including transitioning to college, academics, school/life balance and the financial complexities of paying for an education.

“Improving educational equity requires an understanding of the unique challenges faced by students, and that means putting systems and support structures in place to ensure that every learner has an equal chance to succeed,” said Nana Banerjee, President & CEO of McGraw-Hill. “As higher education institutions across the country are looking to ach

Adrian’s Story captures how Triton College’s innovative approach to gateway math courses, coupled with McGraw-Hill’s adaptive technology, helped unlock this young man’s talent for math and change the trajectory of his life.

“The power of technology and data has transformed almost every area of human life,” said Ryan S. Baker, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania, and a member of McGraw-Hill’s Learning Science Advisory Board. “We’re just starting to see its enormous potential in education to help all students succeed and erase gaps in opportunity. Now is the time for us to join together across all aspects of higher education to drive this systemic and historic change.”

According to ASU’s Director of Adaptive Learning Initiatives Dale Johnson, there are more than 50 major institutions across the country leading the way in the use of adaptive learning and new teaching methods.

“We expect that we are at a tipping point where the majority of institutions will now implement adaptive learning over the next five years,” Johnson said. “Higher education will become one of mass personalization. Equity isn’t just important to ASU, it is important to our society.”

McGraw-Hill has long been a leading provider of learning science-based adaptive learning technology in higher education. Its affordable, market-leading solutions McGraw-Hill Connect® and ALEKS® serve millions of students across the country, helping them improve learning outcomes.

About McGraw-Hill

McGraw-Hill is a learning science company that delivers personalized learning experiences that drive results for students, parents, educators and professionals. We focus on educational equity, affordability and learning success to help learners build better lives. Headquartered in New York City, McGraw-Hill has 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 75 languages. Visit us at or find us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn or Twitter.


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