Efficacy and research

Former U.S. Representative Weighs in on Retention

The significance of student retention in higher education extends beyond the institutions themselves. In addition to personal and professional growth, empowered learners build stronger communities and improved outcomes for all. In fact, some policymakers have dedicated their careers to supporting strategies that serve students more effectively. According to George Miller, former chair of the House Education and Workforce Committee, retention is about success and ensuring students are positioned to thrive from day one.

Dedicated to Expanding Educational Access

Throughout his 40-year career as member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Miller drafted many pieces of landmark legislation to advance Read More…


Students Speak Out About CengageNOWv2

The majority of more than 500 students using CengageNOWv2 in a variety of accounting classes responded favorably to questions about their experience. These students attend a mix of two-year and four-year institutions, and are taking their accounting classes in face-to-face, online, or blended formats.
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Challenges and Preferences with Digital at Houston Community College

After using MindTap in their Government courses, two classes at Houston Community College gave feedback on their challenges and preferences with digital learning tools. The forty-eight students who participated are majoring in a variety of subjects, from psychology to criminal justice to business.
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MindTap for Criminal Justice at Texas Christian University

William “Bill” Mathis teaches Introduction to Criminal Justice at Texas Christian University (TCU). He is always on the lookout for solutions that will help him teach, and will help students learn, more efficiently and effectively. On that front, he gives high marks to MindTap for Criminal Justice, as do his students. Professor Mathis’ ninety-two students wrote essays describing their experiences with MindTap.
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MindTap at the University of Pittsburgh

A group of University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) students saw a demo of the MindTap platform and gave their initial impressions of the many available features. The fifty-seven students surveyed are majoring in a variety of subjects, from biology to business to psychology.

Overall, the students responded very positively to MindTap, with 77% of the students rating their initial reaction as Favorable or Very Favorable.
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Tax Student Gains Critical Thinking Skills, Efficiency, and Concept Mastery with CengageNOW for Tax

Nina Messery, a full-time student at William Patterson University in New Jersey, is deep into her accounting classes as she shoots for her goal of becoming CPA certified and working toward a job in the public accounting field. As a junior, Messery is quickly learning that her discipline-specific courses are becoming more challenging, and as
such, require better preparation and concept mastery. But, like many college students, she admits she waits too long to get started with some assignments, which can add to her daily stress. Her current tax class is the only course in which she’s currently Read More…


Commuter Student with Distractions at Home Struggles to Focus on Difficult Accounting Concepts

It’s no wonder Nick Dispenziere, a senior accounting major who has just completed a tax course at William Patterson University in New Jersey, has always been good with numbers. “My family is in the accounting business so I thought it would be a good fit,” Dispenziere said. “I enjoy the profession and like solving problems, which is necessary to be a good accountant.”

Accounting may be in Dispenziere’s blood, but that doesn’t mean earning a degree in a challenging subject, especially as a student who commutes eighty miles roundtrip to and from school, is easy. “I have two little brothers at home, which can really be a distraction,” Dispenziere said. “That’s why even on days I don’t have class I often drive into school and study in the library where it’s quieter.”

It was at the school library Dispenziere learned a secret; just because it’s quiet doesn’t mean students are motivated to complete what can be tedious tax homework assignments.

To motivate students like Dispenziere to engage more with homework assignments, William Patterson University recently began using CengageNOW (CNOW), an online collection of resources that provides accounting students with engaging homework assignments, instant performance feedback, and problem-solving skills that result in improved exam performance. The cloud-based collection of tools was created to help students master difficult concepts, reach higher levels of thinking, and achieve the level of mastery they need to be successful in the real world.
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Demanding Accounting Course Taxes Busy Students Attempting to Learn Difficult Subject Matter

For Kristen Cregg, an accomplished junior majoring in Accounting at William Patterson University in New Jersey, the dream of one day working full time at one of the four major accounting firms can seem a long way off. Even Cregg, who has worked part time at an accounting firm since she was a teen, struggles at times with detailed subject matter that can be difficult to learn.

Tax students are asked to master many difficult concepts and students like Kristin are looking for a solution that will make tax principles more understandable and ultimately prepare them to sit for the CPA exam.

To help students better understand tax concepts, Cregg’s University recently implemented CengageNOW (CNOW), an online collection of resources that provides taxation students with engaging homework assignments, instant performance feedback, and problem solving skills that result in improved exam performance. The assignments created in CNOW are designed to promote genuine comprehension and take some of the intimidation out of learning complicated tax concepts. One feature that accomplishes this, Post Submission Feedback, offers students instant analysis of their performance.
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Students Seek Help for Math Anxiety and Find it with Enhanced WebAssign

Overcoming fear is certainly not an official subject major at the City University of New York, Borough of Manhattan Community College (CUNY BMCC), but for a handful of developmental math students there, it sure felt like it. For many students, who suffer from what’s often called “math anxiety,” the fear of failing yet another math class was real. Skipping class due to math anxiety is not uncommon for college students who have histories with mathematics struggles. However, the developmental math course is an important requirement on the path to graduation and enrollment at four-year schools… and thus, passing the course is of great importance.

Cengage Learning’s Enhanced WebAssign (EWA), a cloud-based learning and feedback tool designed to promote critical thinking, automate the grading process, and provide students and instructors with real-time performance evaluations and results, has helped many of CUNY BMCC’s students navigate the rough waters mathematics can often produce.

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Columbia University Student Focus Group Results

A group of students at Columbia University reviewed the calculus-based textbook Physics for Scientists and Engineers, written by Dr. Debora Katz. The students were part of a physics class led by instructor Dr. Jeremy Dodd. Of the sixteen students who submitted survey responses, six are majoring in a type of physics and seven are engineering majors.
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