Connect Makes a Difference
McGraw-Hill Education Connect® Effectiveness Study 2013
Evaluating the impact on student engagement, test scores, course grades, attendance and retention rates at 34 U.S. higher education institutions
Introduction: Embracing Technology to Achieve Results
According to the National Center for Educational Statistics, almost 30 percent of full-time college freshman in 2010 didn’t return for their sophomore year – a figure that nears a shocking 60 percent for those attending two-year institutions.1 And the most recent data available for graduation rates shows that only 38 percent of full-time students completed their bachelor degree within four years, and only 58 percent completed the degree in six years.2
These jarring statistics raise an important question – how can higher education institutions further support students throughout the learning process in order to raise graduation rates? While there is no one solution, it’s encouraging to see the impact of new learning technologies and innovative study tools that fully engage students in course material while informing instructors of the students’ skill and comprehension levels.
Interactive learning tools – including McGraw-Hill Education’s Connect® – are being implemented to increase teaching effectiveness and learning efficiency in thousands of colleges and universities throughout the country. By facilitating a stronger connection with the course and incorporating the latest technologies – such as McGraw-Hill LearnSmart®, an adaptive learning program – these tools enable a student to be more successful in their college careers, which will ultimately raise the percentage of students completing their postsecondary degrees.
In order to determine Connect’s effectiveness, data was aggregated and analyzed from 34 different case studies featuring diverse colleges and universities across the U.S. The resulting analysis outlines the proven benefits of Connect for students and instructors alike. Improvements in time management, in-class discussions and lectures, student engagement, exam scores and course grades increase overall satisfaction with the course and course work, which ultimately helps raise graduation rates.
1 U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), Spring 2008 and Spring 2011, Enrollment component. (This table was prepared November 2012.) http://nces.ed.gov/programs/digest/d12/tables/dt12_346.asp
2 U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), Fall 2001 and Spring 2002 through Spring 2011, Graduation Rates component. (This table was prepared November 2011.) http://nces.ed.gov/programs/digest/d11/tables/dt11_345.asp