McGraw-Hill is a learning science company and one of the “big three” educational publishers that provides customized educational content, software, and services for pre-K through postgraduate education. The company also provides reference and trade publications for the medical, business, and engineering professions. McGraw-Hill currently operates in 28 countries, has more than 5,000 employees globally, and offers products and services to over 135 countries in 60+ languages.
Formerly a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies (later renamed McGraw Hill Financial, now S&P Global), McGraw-Hill Education (now “McGraw-Hill”) was divested and acquired by Apollo Global Management in March 2013 for $2.4 billion in cash.
Based on the growing demand for classroom technology, McGraw-Hill began offering digital products alongside traditional print products. This shift has accelerated in recent years with an increased focus on developing adaptive learning systems that enable classroom teaching to come closer to a one-to-one student-teacher interaction. These systems allow personalized learning that assesses each student’s skill level and uses data to determine how each can progress through lessons most effectively. McGraw-Hill now provides digital products and services to over 11 million users on over 1,500 adaptive products in higher education and digital formats for its major K-12 programs.
McGraw-Hill was founded in 1888 when James H. McGraw, co-founder of the company, purchased the American Journal of Railway Appliances. He continued to add further publications, eventually establishing The McGraw Publishing Company in 1899. His co-founder, John A. Hill, had also produced several technical and trade publications and in 1902 formed his own business, The Hill Publishing Company.
On May 1, 2019, the company announced an agreement to merge with Cengage. The merged company is expected to retain McGraw-Hill as the corporate name.
Operating segments of McGraw-Hill include:
- McGraw-Hill PreK–12, which develops curriculum and content for early childhood education, K-12 learners, and adult education.
- McGraw-Hill Higher Ed, which focuses on post-secondary education.
- McGraw-Hill Professional focused on post-graduate and professional learners.
- McGraw-Hill International, which focuses on learners and professionals outside of the United States.
McGraw-Hill is also established in Asia, Australia, Canada (as McGraw Hill Ryerson) Europe, India, and Latin America (as McGraw-Hill Interamericana). In 2013, McGraw-Hill Education acquired the entirety of shares in Tata McGraw-Hill Education Private Limited, the company’s long-existing joint venture with Tata Group in India. The company is now known as McGraw-Hill in India as well.