student success

Tips for Students: How to Network with Your Instructors

Communicating with instructors is a skill that a lot college students struggle with, but the advantages are many. You’ll find that there are many scenarios throughout your education and career when academic contacts will be of good use; however, if you wait too long, it may be too late. If you’ve never stayed in touch after finishing a course, try these helpful hints for networking with instructors and TAs.

Why stay in touch?

According to Clifford W. and Lynn A. Eischen in their book, Resumes, Cover Letters, Networking, and Interviewing, networking is about relationships. When you know someone, they are more inclined to help you, especially when Read More…

How to Help Business Students Develop Soft Skills

According to, 80 percent of hiring managers surveyed stated that they couldn’t find enough job candidates with strong soft skills such as punctuality, speaking, writing, listening, and collaborating. Moreover, the managers predicted that these soft skills will become increasingly important as the business world becomes more globalized. Recruiters can deal with graduates who have a sparse resume if the candidate can show strong soft skills. How can professors ensure that their students develop these skills?

Aligning experience with skills

Students are inclined to bemoan their lack of job experience as they approach graduation. As instructors, we can help them Read More…

Executive News in Higher Ed Newsletter: May 2016

Authentic Evidence Brought to Life – The Value of the Modern Transcript What if the transcript could be a digital, formative, and interactive learning tool? Learning Objects and UMUC are bringing authentic assessment, outcomes, and activities to life. In collaboration with IMS, the extended transcript concept is a finalist in the 2016 IMS Learning Impact Awards. What the extended transcript video, and cast your vote!
“The transformative potential of CBE
lies in more than any one product or application.” As 500+ institutions prepare to launch new CBE programs, the need for innovative support is growing. Check Read More…

College Students Need Workforce Development

Many college students are not as prepared for the workforce as they think they are. They are lacking in soft skills such as communication and team work, and in digital technology. Employers believe it’s up to educators to prepare future employees in career development and job skills. Here are some tips for teaching workforce development in your classroom.

College students lacking in soft skills

A survey by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU) found that employers and students do not sync when it comes to skills needed for the workforce. Employers are looking for vital skills like oral Read More…

Three Reasons Why Students May Not Complete Reading Assignments

As you prepare your course each term, you take the time to thoughtfully plan out your class reading list and add the titles to your syllabus. Each reading is selected with an eye towards adding to students’ understanding of the course topics and laying the foundation for their knowledge of your discipline or field. Though many students may pick up those works from a sheer love of reading (or because they are motivated to complete all that’s assigned), some may choose to skip the reading if they don’t see how it directly connects to their success in the course—or, they Read More…

Executive News in Higher Ed Newsletter: April 2016

Student Oriented Learning Environments and Innovative Design

SXSWedu 2016 featured interactive workshops, the latest edtech advancements, and hands on events. One of the largest takeaways? The importance of keeping students in mind when designing learning environments and infrastructure. Learning Objects, a Cengage Learning innovation partner, hosted two enlightening sessions on Innovative Layered Design and Next Generation Learning Experiences. Check out this post to learn more.

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Are College Students Confident They’ll Achieve Their Goals?

Students enter college with myriad hopes and dreams; these might include learning a specialized skill or a particular body of knowledge, obtaining a promising and rewarding career, or gaining a sense of personal achievement. Though many may complete college with the sense that they’re successful, others will admit that they’ve struggled to achieve or accomplish all that they’d hoped.

In our recent white paper, “Students to Colleges: Get Us Work-Ready!,” we explore how the college experience compared to student expectations. Among many topics, we asked students to tell us whether or not they feel confident in their ability to successfully achieve their own goals.

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College Internships Work for Students

College internships present numerous benefits. For one, they give students the opportunity to apply what they’ve learned in their courses within a real-world job setting. In addition, students can gain practical experience that they can add to their resume, as well as valuable insights and advice from their supervisors. Some interns receive another key benefit: a job offer upon graduation.

All this being said: Do college students believe that the opportunity for internships contributes to their satisfaction with the college experience?
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SXSWedu: Learning from the Student Voice

Guest Contributors: Chloe Ryan & Brandon Pinette At this week’s SXSWedu festival in Austin, Cengage Learning sponsored a panel focused on the student voice.  The panel featured four diverse student voices and covered topics ranging from the role of social media in the classroom to gamified education experiences and how digital tools can enhance learning.

Technology in the classroom

The students agreed that as technology plays a central role in all other aspects of life, it’s necessary for instructors to find thoughtful and creative ways to use digital tools inside and outside of the classroom.  Zak Malamed, Executive Director of Student Voice, led Read More…

Focusing on the Success of Today’s Dev Math Students

Each year, more than one million U.S. students start college by enrolling in remedial education; however, many won’t complete the work. According to a study from the US Department of Education, only 27% of students in remedial math will ever earn a bachelor’s degree; that means that 73% will not.

For these students, developmental math is not simply a barrier to a degree—it’s a barrier to their career and personal goals. On a broader scale, this has a significantly negative impact on the health of the workforce, and the economy, in the United States. Changing this statistic is absolutely crucial for the future of our country, and the challenge to do so belongs to all of us.

As experts in educational content, pedagogy and technology, at Cengage Learning we are in a position to be a catalyst for change. Our focus on the student is a core tenet of our mission as an organization; we want to put students front and center of everything we do.

In order to create a solution that truly addresses the needs of students in developmental math courses, we needed a new approach. We needed to start from scratch and we needed to start with the student.

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