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Really, Truly, Actually Required Reading

Posted by Lori Reese on Apr 18, 2017 5:30:00 AM

It only takes a small act of imagination to understand why an all-inclusive textbook model — a single fee that includes books in the cost of tuition — serves students and faculty well.

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An All-Inclusive Model for All-Student Success

Posted by Liz Schulte on Mar 31, 2017 5:30:00 AM

The sky-rocketing debt college students are incurring is more than just a hot-button issue. Between tuition, housing and course materials, students are buried under a mountain of debt they have little hope of ever paying off. It’s not a new problem, it’s one that has been growing for years, but it is receiving more national attention than ever before as student protestors rally together behind the cry for free-tuition. Schools have to look at ways to curb some of the costs or enrollment and retention rates will continue to decline.

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Managing Course Material Costs for Your Students [Prezi]

Posted by Dean Asher on Jun 16, 2016 6:00:00 AM

If you want your students to be as successful as possible, they need to have their course materials. When cost, convenience or other factors lead to lower acquisition rates, many schools look to shake up their fulfillment model to encourage more students to get the materials they need before the start of class. There are lots of ways to do that out there, but not every approach is right for every school. Some are tried-and-true, more conservative plans to help keep costs down for students, while others require more investment and an aggressive implementation to pay out big.

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Is Your School Ready for a Course Material Fee Program?

Posted by Dean Asher on May 11, 2016 4:30:00 AM

If you want students to succeed, a good place to start is to make sure they have their course materials. In fact, according to the Book Industry Study Group's Spring 2015 Student Attitudes Toward Content in Higher Education study, more than 50% of all students believe learning materials help them improve grades in their courses, prepare for their future careers, complete assignments and prepare for quizzes and exams. That's why schools, stores, publishers and just about everyone else involved in the course material business have been looking for ways to increase acquisition of their required titles before the start of class.

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