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Mike Hale, Ph.D.

Mike Hale, Ph.D., is the VP of education for North America for VitalSource. Mike has more than 25 years in the field of education. He has spent the last 13 with VitalSource, helping institutions improve outcomes and affordably create and deliver learning solutions. He is currently responsible for leading VitalSource’s North American higher education initiatives. Prior to joining VitalSource, Mike spent 14 years working to improve K-12 education as a college professor, high school teacher, and director of a successful charter school.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Auburn University and a Master’s and Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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The Evolving Access Equation

Posted by Mike Hale, Ph.D. on September 23, 2020

The higher education access equation is unnecessarily complex. It should be as easy as: faculty assign required materials and students have them on or before the first day of class. The issue is that, while these materials are “required,” students are left to their own devices to navigate the maze that is the course materials market. That variable brings affordability, ease of access to learning opportunities, and consistency of experiences both online and offline into the equation. A solution to the access equation must address all of these issues.

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Update for Cengage Unlimited and Cengage Brain users

Posted by Mike Hale, Ph.D. on June 28, 2019

Some users may have noticed that starting today, June 28, 2019, Cengage has made the decision to use an internal Cengage eReader for all US-based Cengage Unlimited and Cengage Brain content. 

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Op-ed: The villain cheating students and faculty

Posted by Mike Hale, Ph.D. on July 02, 2018

This op-ed was originally published on eCampus News on June 13, 2018.

Op-ed: The villain cheating students and facultyThere is a pervasive villain that strikes at the very heart of higher education. Its wound is painless yet powerful; victims don’t even know their academic life has been crippled until it’s too late. 

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Op-ed: Consider Access and Quality when Developing Free Digital Textbooks

Posted by Mike Hale, Ph.D. on June 11, 2018

Op-ed: Consider Access and Quality when Developing Free Digital TextbooksThis op-ed was originally published in The74 on June 4, 2018.

The growing cost of higher education is a major issue for students, families, and colleges. Tuition has more than doubled over the past 30 years, and three-quarters of all graduates struggle with loan debt.

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Teaming Up to Address Affordability and Access

Posted by Mike Hale, Ph.D. on February 08, 2018

Teaming Up to Address Affordability and AccessAcross the nation, a growing number of colleges and universities are looking for innovative solutions that can help lower costs and raise student achievement.

One of the many challenges in higher education is the cost of course materials and textbooks. Print textbook costs have risen 82 percent over the last decade – that’s more than three times the rate of inflation. These high costs have led a growing number of students to delay or avoid purchasing required course materials, even though they know their grades will suffer as a result.

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