affordability

Reflecting on a Landmark Year for Affordability and Student Value in Higher Education

From saving college students over $100 million on course materials to adding a free Career Center in Cengage Unlimited, we’ve achieved a number of key milestones in 2019 to help ensure college is more affordable and accessible for all students. Here are some of the highlights from throughout the year.

January 16 –
Survey Shows Soft Skills Are Still Highly Valued by Employers

Data
collected from over 600 employers and 1,500 students reveal soft skills are in
greater demand than technical skills in today’s job market. It’s increasingly
important for institutions to offer preparation for life after graduation to
maximize the value Read More…


Let’s Be Direct: What’s Your Employability Strategy?

Derived from blog originally
posted on WCET Frontiers
I
had the opportunity to partner with WCET and talk about soft skills—what
they are, why they matter, how they impact employability and why the current
workplace demands them. I’ve continued this conversation by speaking with educators across
the country, often hearing similar feedback: “We all know the primary reason students pursue education is to get a job or a better job—yet employers consistently tell us students graduate without the requisite skill set to be successful. When it comes to hiring, a whopping 92 percent of HR professionals tell us that soft skills matter as much Read More…


Cengage Unlimited Gives You Access to Materials for Your Courses—and Your Future Career

Have you ever sat around in class wondering, “What am I doing here? How is this relevant to my future? Can I afford this?” I know I have.  When it comes to the real world, what do you truly need to know to succeed? Don’t you worry, you’ve come to the right place. If you’re also one of those students who avoids buying textbooks because they cost so much—and you think you can get by without them—Cengage Unlimited might just change your mind. Because as a Cengage Unlimited subscriber, a student can access so much more than Read More…


Access and Affordability: A Q&A with Author Dr. Christine Harrington

As Executive Director of the Student Success Center at the New Jersey Council of Community Colleges and a professor with more than 15 years of experience, Cengage author Dr. Christine Harrington is passionate about providing students with the best academic experience possible. It’s this passion that fuels her commitment to connecting students with affordable, high-quality course materials. Acknowledging that students often forgo course materials due to cost, Dr. Harrington shares her excitement around Cengage Unlimited, which was created to address the decades-old problem of affordability and access in higher education.

As both a parent and an author, what

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Author Mark Ciampa Reflects on Cengage Unlimited

As a long-time author for Cengage for over 20 years and an instructor in higher education for over 35 years, I am very excited about Cengage Unlimited. In fact, it is perhaps one of the most dramatic steps in education in recent memory.  I believe that it can significantly increase learning and relieve frustration in both students and faculty.

Delaying Textbook Purchases

For several years virtually all textbook authors and instructors, across all disciplines and all publishers, have seen the same phenomena: fewer students are purchasing textbooks and related materials for their classes. The reason usually given is that of the Read More…


Digital Tools Bring Much-Needed Change in Education Affordability

“Students should not have to choose between the results they want and an education they can afford.”

In a new post, Cengage CEO Michael Hansen explores how digital resources can both save students money and provide a more engaging learning experience.

In addition, this new Cengage infographic looks at costs associated with higher education, illustrating real value provided by digital materials. Going digital helps make education more affordable and engaging, propelling all students toward their goals and instilling confidence in their learning experiences—every day.

Digital Tools Bring Needed Change to Education Affordability


Maintaining Momentum with MindTap

The e-Text initiative at Rowan-Cabarrus was a success after its first semester (Fall 2014), so we decided to expand it almost immediately. In Spring 2015, we added two English courses to the e-Text listing—both very similar in their content, course objectives and goals for students. In these two courses, we decided to use the same Cengage textbook, but different editions. In ENG-102, Applied Communications II, we used an earlier version delivered digitally through CourseMate. This was a “simple way to complement (Cengage textbooks) and course content with study and practice materials.”* In ENG-114, Professional Research & Reporting, we Read More…


Part One: Getting Started with Cengage Inclusive Access at Your Institution

The Beginning I have been in education for 11 years—a third of my life. I have been into technology for even longer. When it comes to technology, I’m self-taught and persistent. I work until I understand and am comfortable enough to help others. I think that’s how I fell in love with teaching. I started at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College in 2011 as an adjunct teaching ENG-114, Professional Research and Reporting. At that point, I had only taught 9th grade at a local high school and didn’t have community college experience. Having attended a private institution for my undergrad, I wasn’t Read More…