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Cengage Learning Survey Reveals College Instructor Views on Challenges Facing First-Year Students
Date:4/22/2008

Lack of Time-Management Skills and Lack of Academic Preparedness for College are Among Challenges Faced by First-Year Students at Four-Year

Universities and Community Colleges

BELMONT, Calif., April 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Cengage Learning, one of the leading providers of print and digital instructional and reference materials for the higher education and library reference markets, today released survey results highlighting issues first-year college students face. Instructors from four-year universities and community colleges revealed their thoughts on what students must overcome in order to have a successful college career. The survey indicated most instructors view time management skills and the ability to balance academics with life outside of the classroom as key areas for improvement for first-year students. The survey also revealed a decline in student preparedness for college in the last 10 years, according to instructors.

The Cengage Learning survey was conducted over a seven-week period and included a qualified pool of 554 college instructors, professors and department chairpersons at both four-year universities and community colleges, and asked them to identify key factors influencing the success of new college students. The survey was provided through an email link to ensure anonymous data collection.

"For many, the first-year experience is trying and frustrating, due to a number of common problems, and can all-too-often result in poor retention of students," said John N. Gardner, the founding executive director of the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition at University of South Carolina and North Carolina-based Policy Center on the First Year of College. He is also co-author of Your College Experience: Strategies for Success, 8th Edition (Wadsworth, Cengage Learning). "It is imperative to identify the challenges faced by incoming students at varying higher educati
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