Community colleges provide the education that millions of students in the U.S. need to achieve their academic and professional goals.

At Cengage Learning, we aim to focus on both the student and instructor community college experience. In the video featured below, Cengage Learning CEO Michael Hansen discusses the vital importance of community colleges in the US higher education system and what is needed to keep making strides forward.

He calls out a dire need for “the appropriate use of technology and the appropriate focus on the user student experience” to help improve retention rates in colleges. Further, he explains: “Providing more access is not going to be the full answer; it’s going to be part of the answer. The critical thing we have to focus on is understanding when and why these dropouts happen in community colleges.”

For more insights on what college students themselves have to say, visit our blog post and infographic, “Student Perspectives on Community Colleges: Infographic.”

What do you believe needs to be done to improve retention rates in community colleges? Please share your thoughts in the comments.