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College Students Expected to Save $60 Million this Academic Year Using New Subscription Service for Textbooks and Course Materials

Cengage Unlimited subscription offers unlimited access to more than 22,000 eBooks, online homework access codes and study guides at affordable price

BOSTON—November 27, 2018—After tuition, college students say buying textbooks is their leading source of financial stress, according to a recent survey. In fact, 85% of students surveyed said paying for textbooks and course materials is more stressful than buying food, housing or health care.

For the 2018-19 school year, college students finally have some relief – an estimated $60 million of it – by using a new, comprehensive subscription service from Cengage. Cengage, the largest U.S.-based education and technology company serving the higher education market, provides course materials to almost half of the 20 million students pursuing higher education.

Commercially available to students in August 2018, Cengage Unlimited offers complete access to more than 22,000 digital course materials, including eBooks, online homework access codes and study guides.  A subscription also includes free access to offerings from Kaplan, Quizlet and Chegg, with more to come soon. Students pay one price—no matter how many materials they use.  Subscriptions cost $119.99 a semester ($179.99 a year) and are available directly from Cengage, online or at campus and off-campus bookstores. Print rentals are available for $7.99 with free shipping.

Considering students spend, on average, about $500 annually (with some spending significantly more), the subscription can save students half or more of what they were paying previously. Students may use their financial aid to purchase a subscription.

A new, interactive Savings Map allows faculty, administrators and students to see which courses use Cengage at their institution.  The map highlights more than 500 schools to date.

“In launching Cengage Unlimited, we made a bold move to offer a subscription service in an industry that has historically been loath to change,” said Michael Hansen, CEO, Cengage. “It is exceedingly rare that an incumbent rather than a start-up transforms an industry.  And yet, the overwhelmingly enthusiastic response to Cengage Unlimited—from students, parents and faculty—underscores that our approach to lower students’ costs so they can afford to access quality learning was the right one.  It also works for our business as we are signing an unprecedented number of new student customers.  We are very pleased to have more than 500,000 subscribers already and look forward to reaching more students in the upcoming January semester and beyond.”

“To give students more resources at a lower price point is a testament to the company’s focus on student experience, and I’m eager to see how it transforms the higher education system as a whole,” said Bilal Shalash, a senior at the University of Kentucky and a Cengage Student Ambassador.

Cengage is a leader in affordability and access to high quality learning materials. In addition to the first all-access subscription service, Cengage was the first to launch a comprehensive print rental program, with nearly all the company’s titles.  Cengage was also the first major education and technology company to offer an Open Educational Resource (OER) product called Cengage OpenNOW.  The company also actively delivers digital course materials through Cengage Inclusive Access, a business model that offers students savings by integrating the cost of course materials into registration fees.  Finally, the company has instituted price caps on its new print editions and substantial price reductions on its eBooks.

For more information about the new, all-access subscription service for course materials, or to purchase now, visit To access the interactive Savings Map, visit:

About Cengage
Cengage is the education and technology company built for learners. As the largest US-based provider of teaching and learning materials for higher education, we offer valuable options at affordable price points. Our industry-leading initiatives include Cengage Unlimited, the first-of-its-kind all-access digital subscription service.  We embrace innovation to create learning experiences that build confidence and momentum toward the future students want. Headquartered in Boston, Cengage also serves K-12, library and workforce training markets around the world. Visit us at or find us on Facebook or Twitter.


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Named a Best Book of 2017 by NPR and GQ: MEET ME IN THE BATHROOM


*Now available in paperback*

On Sale: November 13, 2018

As the twentieth century drew to a close, New York City felt played out as a cultural capital. A flood of new money had turned downtown into a museum of what used to be cool, a playground for bankers and the dot-com crowd. If you wanted the rock-and-roll life, New York City was the last place you’d move. And yet, in the decade that followed, it would serve as the stage for a radical pop-cultural renaissance. How exactly did this happen?

In MEET ME IN THE BATHROOM: Rebirth and Rock and Roll in New York City 2001-2011 (now available in paperback, on-sale November 13, 2018), journalist Lizzy Goodman chronicles the rebirth of New York rock through the voices of those who were actually there, playing the music, pouring the drinks, signing the checks, and writing the cover stories. In the early 2000s, the Strokes, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Interpol, the Moldy Peaches, LCD Soundsystem, and others, who had been honing their craft in obscu­rity, suddenly became reflections of a newly flush, newly booming town determined to recover from the devasta­tion of September 11. As kids around the world began to dress like they’d been thrifting on Avenue A, it became clear that New York had not only reclaimed its signature rock-and-roll swagger, but had also exported this new incarnation of American cool globally. A second genera­tion was eagerly waiting in the wings: Franz Ferdinand, the Killers, and Kings of Leon, who’d all but given up on breaking out of their provincial corners of the world, got the message that rock was back, and used grotty New York clubs as launching pads on their way to selling out arenas around the world.

MEET ME IN THE BATHROOM explores how during this era the music industry was dismantled and then reborn via technology—first by Napster and later iTunes—and how traditional publications like Rolling Stone and Spin were pushed to compete with evangelist bloggers typ­ing feverishly in their underwear, as well as with edgier journalistic upstarts like Vice and Pitchfork. Meanwhile, as the reshaping of the city—technological, aesthetic, cultural, and physical—spread from downtown Manhat­tan to Williamsburg, Brooklyn, bands like MGMT, Vam­pire Weekend, TV on the Radio, Grizzly Bear, and Dirty Projectors became the new stars, remaking the idea of New York in their own nerdy image, and helping ensure “I heart Brooklyn” would become the mantra of a new generation.

Crafted from nearly two hundred original interviews and curated by a writer who remembers the hangovers herself, MEET ME IN THE BATHROOM follows in the great tradition of the beloved classic Please Kill Me by Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain. Charting the first decade of the 2000s in all its epic and reckless glory, here is a bril­liant portrait of a city, an industry, and a generation on the verge of seismic change.


Praise for Meet Me in the Bathroom

“An evocative and gossipy oral history…Not only was Ms. Goodman there…but as our revelatory tour guide, she shrewdly jogged the memories of her protagonists…The result is an affectionate, idiosyncratic narrative of the rock scene’s erratic evolution.” — New York Times

“Beautifully paced, vivid, informative and compelling… a book primarily built on passion, love and homage – a drawled rock’n’roll sonnet to the music, the bands, the city, the scene, the triumphs, the screw-ups, and, of course, ‘the moment’.” — The Guardian

“Lizzy Goodman has produced an instant classic…All the Strokes, LCD Soundsystem, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Ryan Adams gossip you’ve ever wanted to know is right here in this epic, loving look at a very different New York City.” — Rolling Stone

Meet Me in the Bathroom is the juiciest book on rock’n’roll in years…a thrilling, hilarious, gossip-fueled account” — Pitchfork

“The first great history of new york’s 21st century rock scene…thoroughly entertaining…engrossing…Meet Me in the Bathroom is a wonderful reminder that the next big thing can be right around the corner.” — Spin

“[A] gossip-fueled, engaging oral history” — Publishers Weekly

“As far as I’m concerned this book is one of the truly great New York stories.” — Rob Sheffield, The Village Voice

“Spectacular.” — Playboy

“In her terrific new book, Meet Me in the Bathroom: Rebirth and Rock and Roll in New York City, 2001-2011, author Lizzy Goodman has meticulously traced the story of that revival” — Paste Magazine

“A vivid, kaleidoscopic, extremely fun ode to a moment in time that only just became the past.” — The Cut

“Sharp, funny and dishy oral history…Goodman does a wonderful job of sketching out and filling in this singular time and place…It is a blast…” — Austin American-Statesman

“In the page-turning tradition of Please Kill Me and I Want My MTV, Lizzy Goodman’s new oral history, Meet Me in the Bathroom is a post-mortem of rock’s last gasp…You don’t read a book like this. You demolish it whole, like a bag of Funyuns.” — Las Vegas Weekly

Meet Me in the Bathroom is an impressive document of the time . . . she’s managed to extract admissions and reflections that are genuinely poignant . . . distilled into a tome that captures the messy, glorious chaos of New York.” — Noisey

“It’s the book that anyone who ever listened to the Strokes is talking about: Lizzy Goodman’s extremely comprehensive oral history of the 00s NYC rock scene is hilarious, sordid, fascinating, and infuriating—all at once. The best music history books serve the dual purpose of creating new myths while slaying the ones that were previously lying around, and by that measure Meet Me in the Bathroom is more than a success. It’ll inspire plenty of discussion and debating, and if you’re a certain age, it might just provide a nostalgia trip, too.” — VICE

“There’s warmth and kindness…and great stories about people taking too many drugs…A wonderful book.” — Seth Meyers, Late Night with Seth Meyers

“[Meet Me in the Bathroom] will make any rock ‘n’ roll fan who came of age or lived in New York in the aughts…feel all sorts of warm and cozy nostalgic feelings.” — BuzzFeed

“Full of fantastic gossip and dreamy anecdotes about the city’s last mythological guitar boys” — The Verge

“A compelling non-stop wealth of information that will be inspiring to those familiar with New York and not…this read is a can’t-miss.” — Uproxx



Elizabeth “Lizzy” Goodman is a journalist whose writing on rock and roll, fashion and popular culture has appeared in the New York Times, the New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, Spin, Nylon, Elle, Interview, Out and NME. She is a regular contributor to New York magazine, and is frequently called upon to be an expert guest on VH1 and NPR. She lives in New York City.

Photo credit: Katia Temkin.

MEET ME IN THE BATHROOM Lizzy Goodman Dey Street Books Paperback

On Sale: 11/13/2018 ISBN: 9780062233103 E-book ISBN: 9780062233127


Maria Silva
William Morrow & Dey Street Books

Sage Corps Study Abroad Captures the Essence of Entrepreneurship

November 6, 2018 — In today’s global economy, employers seek and prefer a globally-trained workforce, however approximately 99 percent of college grads have no global work experience, according to Matt Meltzer, founder and CEO of Sage Corps. So how do businesses looking to attract and retain global-minded employees find them right off the platform of a graduation podium? Meltzer created an initiative called Sage Corps in 2013 – a global entrepreneurship program for college students – that embeds students into seed stage startup teams for their mutual benefit as they live, work and study abroad (students earn academic credit) while offering an innovative source of talent in the workforce.

Sage Corps sets itself apart from traditional study abroad programs by offering highly competitive program focused on quality not quantity, an internship with global startups in countries around the world in younger startup communities offering incredible opportunities to make impactful contributions to the host companies.

Sage Corps, which has now grown to 500+ alumni since 2013, works with technology startups in thirteen cities across the world (including Santiago, Chile; Hong Kong; Mexico City and Dublin), which use tech in some form, whether it be an e-commerce site, an AI/Robotics company or a travel excursion company. Meltzer wanted to fill the gap by giving students opportunities to gain meaningful international experience, bring talent to foreign startups and start building professional connections that can make a difference after graduation.

Students interested in interning abroad through Sage Corps come from all majors (technical and non-technical liberal arts students are all encouraged to apply) and diverse backgrounds and undergo a very selective application process so that the best candidates for this unique global entrepreneurship program will have the chance to, as Meltzer describes, “parachute into a foreign country, experience a rigorous professional and cultural experience building a company, and return with a robust professional network.” Past students in the program attend a diverse range of universities across the country, including large public universities such as UT Austin, University of Michigan, and UC Berkeley, private universities such as Vanderbilt, Cornell, and Emory, and smaller liberal arts colleges such as Amherst, Williams, and Pomona.

Sage Corps offers impactful work and more robust services: housing, medical insurance, weekly professional networking and social events, an online curriculum (builds hard skills), academic credit, and a powerful alumni program to help students get full time jobs – alums currently work at top organizations such as Google, Nike, McKinsey, Facebook, and of course startups.

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Cindy Tanenbaum PR Inc.

ECFMG Launches Resource to Help Students Select a Medical School

Philadelphia, Pa., November 5, 2018—The Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) has launched a new resource for students who plan to apply to medical school. Designed to assist in identifying schools offering quality medical education, this new resource is a valuable tool for those who are beginning their medical education, as well as for current medical school students who plan to transfer to a different medical school. The new resource is available on the ECFMG website at

In recent years, there has been rapid growth in the number of medical schools around the world, and there are a small number of schools that engage in spurious business practices. It also has become more common for students to migrate for medical education—attending medical school outside their home country. This situation creates challenges for students who are evaluating schools and deciding where to apply, according to William W. Pinsky, M.D., President and CEO of ECFMG and Board Chair of ECFMG’s Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER®).

“With more than 3,000 medical schools worldwide, selecting the right school can be an intimidating task and a significant financial investment,” Dr. Pinsky said. “Our new guide provides prospective medical students around the world with information on the characteristics to consider and questions to ask when evaluating medical schools before applying so they can make a well-informed decision.”

The guide covers such important considerations as accreditation status, curriculum, faculty, educational resources, and the structure of clinical rotations. It also prompts students to ask questions about the student experience, consider how schools market themselves, and talk to alumni about their success in and beyond medical school.

As leading experts on the world’s medical education systems and their graduates, ECFMG and its foundation are uniquely positioned to provide this important guidance to the next generation of physicians. The new resource is an important addition to the collection of services offered by ECFMG and FAIMER to physicians and the medical education community around the world.

ECFMG, a private, nonprofit organization based in Philadelphia, is a world leader in promoting quality health care—serving physicians, members of the medical education and regulatory communities, health care consumers, and those researching issues in medical education and health workforce planning. ECFMG’s program of certification evaluates whether international medical graduates are ready to enter U.S. programs of graduate medical education, where they provide supervised patient care. ECFMG offers a variety of other programs for the world’s physicians and the entities worldwide that educate, train, register/license, and employ them.

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Dan Hanson