Carnegie Mellon University
August 03, 2011

News Brief: Apollo Group Acquires Carnegie Learning

Carnegie LearningThe Apollo Group, Inc. yesterday announced that it had entered into an agreement to acquire Carnegie Learning, Inc., a publisher of research-based math curricula including the adaptive Cognitive Tutor® math software, for $75 million.  In a separate transaction, Apollo also announced would acquire related technology from Carnegie Mellon University for $21.5 million, payable over a 10-year period.  

In a news release, the company said the acquisitions allow it to accelerate its efforts to incorporate adaptive learning into its academic platform and to provide tools to help raise student achievement in mathematics, which supports improved retention and graduation rates.

Carnegie Learning was founded in 1998 by a team of cognitive and computer scientists from Carnegie Mellon University, in conjunction with veteran mathematics teachers. Representative of one of the university's successful spinouts, Carnegie Learning provides math instruction to more than 600,000 students in 3,000 schools nationwide.

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