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As an education-focused company, we work to ensure institutions, educators, and students have the tools and support they need to be successful. However, against the backdrop of 2020, the definition of success has shifted, along with instructional best practices, methods of engagement, and learning as a whole. As we strive to support the education community in this turbulent and rapidly evolving landscape, we've been asking ourselves the following questions:

  • What is the value of higher education in today’s world?
  • What does it mean for students and institutions to be successful?
  • What kind of impact has the COVID-19 pandemic had on student success and engagement?
     

With these driving questions in mind, we launched our global benchmark study, The State of Student Success and Engagement, in partnership with Hanover Research. To check the pulse on student success, we conducted a survey in 13 countries, asking 7,070 current students, administrators, and faculty from higher education institutions to define the components of student success and identify factors for engagement. We also investigated these groups' perceptions of both the impact of COVID-19 and the role of socioeconomic factors on the educational experience. And today, after many months of research, we couldn’t be more excited to share our findings with you!

In the following report, we've identified six leading trends for student success and engagement in today’s world:

  1. Career readiness is the number one priority for students.
  2. Institutions need to think beyond the lecture.
  3. Faculty-student engagement is critical.
  4. Online learning needs to be intentionally designed.
  5. Socioeconomic disparities impact engagement.
  6. Democratization of education begins with equitable access. 
     

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be publishing further insights on each trend.

It's with great honor and excitement that we invite you to review our State of Student Success and Engagement E-Book, where we offer a detailed look into the research, our overall perceptions of what it means, and initial considerations for institutions as they plan for 2021 and beyond. 

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