Cengage Learning White Papers

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…


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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The Not-So-Powerful PowerPoint®: Students Weigh the “Best” Classes Against the “Worst”

The Today’s Student 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 5,000 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, Cengage Learning explores how students define their “best” and “worst” classes and uncovers the criteria that influenced this ranking. Student comments largely spoke to the importance of active learning—using technology to complement instructor interaction.
 

» Download the whitepaper: “The Not-So-Powerful PowerPoint®: Students Weigh the ‘Best’ Classes against the ‘Worst’”

 
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Students’ New Reality: Saving for Four Years is Not Enough

When is a four-year college not a four-year college? When it takes six years or more to finish. A survey of 5,300 students from the Today’s Student research study, co-developed and deployed by Cengage Learning and The Work Institute, LLC, reveals how students are handling the new reality of college life – from additional years to mounting student debt.
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