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The Pros and Cons of OER

Posted by Liz Schulte on May 22, 2018 5:30:00 AM

Open Educational Resources are a hot topic in education. Students need ways to lower costs. Naturally, they look to schools to provide them with better solutions. In turn, many schools look to OER to help accomplish that goal. However, these no-cost options are just a piece of the course materials puzzle.

Let’s look at strengths and weaknesses of OER.

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The Roads to Course Materials Adoptions

Posted by Liz Schulte on May 14, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Timely adoptions are important to the school because they cut costs, save students money and help ensure student success by having all of the required course materials available before the start of class. The closer it gets to the end of the semester the more vital it is for faculty to make and turn in adoptions so the next semester can begin without a hitch.

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Bringing Community to College: Tuition Relief for Low Income Students

Posted by Liz Schulte on May 10, 2018 5:30:00 AM

A 29-year-old woman hustles to her community college campus, running late. She attends her classes, sits in the front row taking extensive notes and rushes back to her car as fast as she can. She can’t go to the evening study session, even though she needs it. It would require her to miss work which would likely result in losing her job. She doesn’t get home until after nine. She scrapes together a quick, cheap meal and then works on her homework until she falls asleep, once again forgetting to set her alarm.

She keeps going because she wants a better life. She hopes her degree will get her that promotion at work or a better paying job where she won’t have to choose between making rent and eating. 

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Cutting Costs Through Consolidation

Posted by Liz Schulte on Jan 19, 2018 5:30:00 AM

As enrollment numbers continue to decline, many schools must make difficult decisions. Some look for alternative revenue streams to help fill the financial gap while others must take bigger steps. Consolidation of schools or programs is something more schools consider as financial futures are strained.

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Best of 2017: Cost Savings

Posted by Liz Schulte on Jan 5, 2018 5:30:00 AM

Schools need a way to offer students more savings and a way to increase revenue as budgets shrink. In 2017 some of our most popular posts covered these topics. From ways to provide students with savings on their course materials to ideas for creating alternative revenue streams, check out our top five posts about cost savings.

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Best of 2017: Inclusive Access

Posted by Liz Schulte on Jan 4, 2018 5:30:00 AM

One of the most popular topics in 2017 was inclusive access. As more students treat course materials as an optional purchase, schools are taking steps to ensure students’ success by initiating an inclusive access program. By including the cost of course materials in tuition, course materials can be bought for less, schools can create a revenue stream and students can get the savings they want.

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Managing Unmanageable Employees

Posted by Lori Reese on Dec 21, 2017 5:30:00 AM

A toxic employee makes the daily stresses of the education world unbearable. Already, tensions abound with faculty politics, student and family financial concerns — not to mention issues regarding enrollment and retention. These workers create chaos, lower morale and inspire your best employees to quit.

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The Return on Rental

Posted by Liz Schulte on Dec 8, 2017 5:30:00 AM

A growing number of students are choosing not to purchase their course materials because of the cost associated with them. The practice causes the problems one would expect: more student stress as their grades take a hit, teacher frustration at students not being prepared and a lot of finger-pointing from everyone. The students blame the school. The faculty, in turn, are unaware of how their role can impact the cost to the student. Few people understand the whole process beginning to end — but everyone has an opinion. Students and families want more cost-savings options. After new, used and digital course materials, what’s left? Rental.

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The Adjunct Disjunct

Posted by Lori Reese on Sep 28, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Although adjuncts save institutions money, these untenured teachers have become so prevalent on campuses many ask whether they represent a crisis for colleges and universities.

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Early Adoptions Provide Student Cost Savings

Posted by Liz Schulte on Sep 18, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Ideally, students would show up on the first day of class with everything they need to be successful in school. Pen, notebook and … course materials? Not necessarily.

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