The Days of High-Priced Course Materials Are Over
By Mark Christensen
The evidence is building, and it’s becoming harder to ignore — an ever-increasing number of institutions are making the switch to Ed Map’s ALL IN MODEL™ (AIM) and making course materials affordable.
Take two minutes to watch the video below to learn how to move beyond the traditional college bookstore. From holding publishers to the best absolute possible price, accessing a multiverse of course materials on or before the first day of class, to supporting your institution’s mission!
We all know the campus bookstore and being shocked at the top sticker price of course materials. The prices seem like they continue to rise year after year. Students are in a tough spot. Either pay the high price, turn elsewhere to the open market, or not buy at all. The dilemma puts students and the institution at risk.
For students, it’s finding affordable course materials that might not be the right edition or even arrive on time. That’s risking not having the proper materials they need from the start. For the institution, it’s the risk of not providing all the tools students need to be successful.
The world of course materials is evolving, and many institutions are recognizing that the days of high-priced content is over. Sticking to an antiquated campus bookstore model is not enough anymore, and that model is quickly becoming out of pace with the times.
But how does an institution ensure that every student has access to affordable course materials? The answer is Ed Map’s ALL IN MODEL™ (AIM).
Instead of students paying high prices at the campus bookstore, shopping on their own in the open market, or not buying at all, students access course materials right from within their learning environment. Materials already accounted for in their tuition or class fees — delivered digitally unless students opt for a low-cost print-on-demand companion — on or before the first day of class.
Institutions can point to fewer students who go without course materials and improved student outcomes, and gain more reliable, recurring revenue. And students, since few of them tend to opt out from the model, benefit from volume discounts, meaning they end up paying less for their course materials.
That’s solving the course materials dilemma.