Cengage, an education and technology company, continues to partner with hundreds of colleges and universities across the US to offer students more value for their course materials. The model, called Cengage Inclusive Access, can save students up to 55 percent and ensures they have access to digital course materials on the first day of class. For the fall 2017 semester, more than 140,000 students are benefitting from the model.

“Immediate engagement with course resources on the first day of the class sets the foundation for a successful semester. This is a more streamlined, student-friendly and cost-effective approach to connecting students with learning material,” said Dr. Jenny Billings, chair of Study Skills, Developmental Reading and English (DRE), and Curriculum English at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. “Since launching the initiative three years ago in the liberal arts division, it has expanded to multiple areas of the college and is used in more than fifty courses.”

Dr. Billings, a Cengage faculty partner, noted a 17-point increase in retention after implementing the Inclusive Access model, bringing the DRE completion rate up to 84.5 percent in just two years. Across all campuses of Indiana University, the Inclusive Access model saved nearly 20,000 students a total of more than $1.3 million off print list prices over the 2016-2017 academic year.

“Students should never be forced to choose between the results they want and the price they can afford,” said Lori Hales, SVP, Institutional Learning Solutions, Cengage. “Immediate engagement in course materials leads to improved outcomes, which builds confident learners. Confidence gives students momentum and motivation to continue their academic journey and realize their education and life goals.”

The Cengage Inclusive Access model delivers content directly to an institution’s Learning Management System (LMS), or other preferred channel. Cengage works closely with an institution’s leadership, along with the local channel partner, to develop a model unique to their needs and creates a more streamlined process.

Over the past nine months, the number of schools partnering with Cengage has more than doubled to over 275. To learn more about the Cengage Inclusive Access model, visit: http://www.cengage.com/inclusiveaccess.

Material from a press release was used in this report.

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