Efficacy and research

Voice of the Student in Medical Assisting, Surgical Technology, and Medical Insurance Billing and Coding

Cengage Learning wanted to better understand what today’s Medical Assisting, Surgical Technology, and Medical Insurance Billing and Coding students need to better balance challenging work-life environments, the key skills needed to unlock their full potential, and the technology required to ensure future success in their chosen fields. In order to gather these insights, Cengage Learning conducted more than two dozen face-to-face and online group interviews with students at the Medical Assisting Advisory Board and from colleges and universities across the nation. While extensive research has been done to understand what instructors need and employers desire from tomorrow’s professionals, this Read More…


History Students Achieve Higher Grades and Instructors Report Improved Critical Thinking Skills with MindTap

In the fall of 2015, MarketingWorks and SEG Measurement, two independent research firms, conducted a comprehensive study of whether students in history courses that use MindTap® receive higher grades and improve their critical thinking skills more than a comparable group of students in similar history courses that do not use MindTap. A total of 359 students and 13 instructors teaching 21 history classes in 12 different institutions of higher education participated in the MindTap research, including eight classes that used MindTap and 13 classes that did not. All instructors who used MindTap provided feedback about MindTap throughout the semester, Read More…


Using the NIST NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework: Mapping Curriculum and Coursework

Cybersecurity is headline news for good reason, and it’s driving demand for thousands of additional skilled professionals in the public and private sectors. It’s no wonder that many higher education institutions want to develop or expand a cybersecurity program to prepare a new generation of professionals for careers in this vital field. But how to go about it? This white paper provides practical guidance for institutions, course designers, and instructors as they pursue their cybersecurity program goals. It introduces the NIST National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Framework, which identifies domains and specialty work areas in the field. It also Read More…


The Road to the National Center of Academic Excellence Designation

Worldwide demand for cybersecurity specialists is forecast to outstrip supply before the end of the decade. Higher education institutions are answering the call with programs to prepare the next generation of cybersecurity professionals for careers in this burgeoning field. For these institutions, earning the prestigious NSA/DHS National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance and Cyber Defense (CAE IA/CD) program designation, or a CAE Two-Year IA Education program (CAE2Y) designation, can be advantageous. This white paper — written by a team of textbook authors who have successfully achieved NCAE designations four times — assists institutions in their pursuit. Readers will Read More…


Common Goals, Study Habits and Challenges of 2-Year College Honor Students

In an ongoing effort to place students at the center of designing digital learning solutions, Cengage Learning surveyed nearly one hundred members of Phi Theta Kappa, an international honor society for two-year colleges, about their personal and academic goals. The survey, conducted at Phi Theta Kappa’s 2015 annual conference, NerdNation, conveyed a desire for self-improvement and career satisfaction, highlighted the integral role smartphones play in their lives and shed light on challenges members face while pursuing their education endeavors. “Phi Theta Kappa is grateful for our partnership with Cengage Learning,” said Dr. Nancy Rieves, Director and CEO of the Phi Read More…


MindTap History Students See Higher Grades and Improved Critical Thinking Skills

In the fall of 2015, MarketingWorks and SEG Measurement, two independent research firms, conducted a comprehensive study of whether students in history courses that use MindTap® receive higher grades and improve their critical thinking skills more than a comparable group of students in similar history courses that do not use MindTap. A total of 359 students and 13 instructors teaching 21 history classes in 12 different institutions of higher education participated in the MindTap research, including eight classes that used MindTap and 13 classes that did not. All instructors who used MindTap provided feedback about MindTap throughout the Read More…


Higher Grades and Improved Critical Thinking with MindTap

In the fall of 2015, MarketingWorks and SEG Measurement, two independent research firms, conducted a comprehensive study of whether students in philosophy courses that use MindTap® receive higher grades and improve their critical thinking skills more than a comparable group of students in similar philosophy courses that do not use MindTap. A total of 227 students and nine instructors teaching 15 philosophy classes in nine different institutions of higher education participated in the MindTap research, including five classes that used MindTap and 10 classes that did not. All instructors who used MindTap provided feedback about MindTap throughout the semester, Read More…


Today’s Student: A Summary of Recent Research

In October and November 2014, the Today’s Student research study attracted 5,188 students—traditional and non-traditional, representing four- and two-year colleges – as participants. The study was developed
and deployed by Cengage Learning, Inc. and The Work Institute, LLC. The intent of the research was to give students a voice to describe their college expectations and experiences, what is important to them, and what their goals for the future are. Students were asked quantitative and qualitative questions ranging from defining success to their overall satisfaction with their college experience. In February and March 2015, a sample of focused follow-up phone Read More…


A Frontline Look at Phi Theta Kappans’ Goals, Challenges, and Habits

Since 1929, Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) has been recognized by the American Association of Community Colleges as the official honor society for two-year colleges. Its dual mission is to recognize and encourage scholarship as well as provide opportunities for individual growth and development through participation in honors, leadership, service, and fellowship programs. The Phi Theta Kappa website notes that the organization—which has more than three million members—“grows leaders, innovators, explorers, risk takers, problem solvers, researchers, pioneers, and deep thinkers.” Membership also entitles students to apply for part of the PTK’s $90+ million in scholarships.
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Students to Colleges: Get Us Work-Ready!

The Today’s Student survey project by Cengage Learning is based on original research that springs from our company’s commitment to gaining insights directly from students. We surveyed and interviewed five thousand students—traditional and non-traditional, from four-year and two-year colleges—for their impressions of success, career prospects, technology, courses, and obstacles to achieving academic goals.

In this report, we explore how the college experience compared to student expectations. In particular, the students spoke to their college’s ability—or lack of ability—to prepare them for a career.

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