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 educational opportunity for all Americans. Upon his retirement, President Obama acknowledged his contributions by stating, “Because of his tireless efforts, our air and water are cleaner, our workers’ rights are better protected, more young people can afford to go to college, and more working families can make ends meet”.

Although his time in the Congress has ended, his dedication to expanding educational access and opportunity for all students is far from over. In 2015, Miller joined Cengage as a Senior Education Advisor where he continues to champion student success.

Retention is as Important as Ever

We sat down with him to get his thoughts on the state of higher education. Check out his perspective on the significance of retention below.

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