student success

Growing Enrollment & Student Potential: How One Program Prepares Learners for Higher Education

This fall, freshmen across the University of California’s campuses will arrive with expectations of how to excel—but with the institution’s newest location comes new student experiences. In rural Merced, one unique student population brought opportunities to effect change in a community and bring digital literacy to young learners—many of whom are the first in their families to enroll in higher education. Kevin Reimer, Instructor in UC Merced’s University Extension Department, reveals how he developed a dual-enrollment program that builds skills for high school students while putting them on the path to college.   Reducing Fears for First-Time Enrollers Merced is located in a Read More…

9 Management Myths, Debunked!

As an instructor, you want your students to gain the skills needed to think and act like successful managers. Unfortunately, it’s easy for new managers to fall for the many myths about what good managers do. Check out these nine management myths, plus discover ways to help your students navigate the management world. MANAGEMENT MYTH #1: There’s only one right way to lead or manage. THE TRUTH: Leadership can be customized for different employees. Hersey and Blanchard argue employees have different levels of readiness for handling different jobs, responsibilities and work assignments. Accordingly, Hersey and Blanchard’s situational theory states that leaders need Read More…

Choosing Assessments That Allow All Students to Succeed

Author: Dr. Jenny Billings, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College  Last year, I wrote and spoke on a process for creating goals and objectives to help measure course performance—I hope it was helpful. This year, I think it’s important we talk about student success from the student perspective. As an instructor, I always want to make sure I’m reaching all of my students; I’m sure this is true for you, too. In the classrooms of today, we must rise to this challenge more than ever before. With each day, our classrooms are evolving, becoming increasingly diverse in student population, resources available and technology Read More…

Innovators Speak: Creating a Co-Requisite Model for English Composition

Author: Greg Underwood, English Department Chair at Pearl River Community College As a chair, I helped oversee the Pearl River Community College English department’s shift from offering nine non-transferrable developmental hours before students could enroll in the traditional first semester writing course, to a track where those same students now directly enroll in a transferrable, four-credit hour first semester writing course. We’re now in our second year, and our tracking numbers show that academically, students perform at or above the levels they did previously. Combined with the fewer developmental hours students no longer have to take, we now retain more Read More…

Innovators Speak: Advice I Wish I Had While Considering, Planning and Designing our English Co-Requisite Model

Author: Dr. Jenny Billings, Chair of English and Study Skills at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College and Cengage Faculty Partner A year ago, I attended a state-wide meeting about changes coming to North Carolina Community Colleges: Developmental English was going to be redesigned, again. Rather than panic, pretend like it was going to go away, or wait around, I volunteered my department, my college, to be the first to pilot the proposed changes. I figured that if we were the first to pilot, we could help inform the System Office and possibly influence the decisions made. Plus, this is a good 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…

Part One: Why the Humanities Matter in Higher Education

Elizabeth Martin is an Instructional Specialist in the Writing Studies Department at Montclair State University in New Jersey and a staff writer for American Mircoreviews & Interviews. She received her M.F.A. from William Paterson University. Her journalism has appeared in Parsippany Life, Neighbor News and The Suburban Trends. Her creative writing has been published by Neworld Review, Hot Metal Bridge and Menacing Hedge, among others. She’s the recipient of two New Jersey Press Association awards. Currently, she’s at work on a collection of essays. Near the start of every fall semester, I cancel classes for a week to have Read More…

Expand the Way Students Think and Learn for National Arts and Humanities Month

“The study of humanities has allowed me to expand the way I think. To think differently, and to always see other peoples’ lives through their perspectives. To be able to think critically and not be spoon fed information – [and] actually thinking about the information I am absorbing.” –Francisco Rubio Fernandez, a Freshman at Santa Monica College, on the true value of Humanities coursework. As October nears and National Arts and Humanities Month begins, now’s the time to discover the importance of a humanities education, and share the objectives on which Humanities is built upon, including:

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How Different Digital Solutions Impact Learning in General Chemistry

Vickie Williamson is a guest contributor and an Instructional Professor at Texas A&M University. Here she shares her personal experience with OWL and MindTap and the impact of both in her courses. More than 15 years ago, I discovered how powerful an impact the OWL digital platform from Cengage could have on my college students’ General Chemistry achievement. Every year I polled my students on their satisfaction with OWL, and every year 85–95% of them claimed OWL helped them learn.

A New Contender

Fast-forward thirteen years, and MindTap enters the equation. MindTap is another innovative digital platform from Read More…

Q&A: Better Grades and Improved Time Management with MindTap

Carly Stacey, a Texas Christian University freshman and future attorney, is learning what it’s like to be on her own for the first time. Adjusting to life as an independent person has been difficult, but MindTap has helped alleviate some of that pressure.


Carly has found she’s often required to use technology that isn’t helpful in comprehending classroom material.


MindTap for Criminal Justice


MindTap prompts deeper concept comprehension and resulted in improved academic performance for Carly.

Read more of the Q&A with Carly on how MindTap has helped her become more independent.