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Inclusive Access: Reducing Costs with Improved Results

NACAS C3X presentation discussed benefits of inclusive access and offered advice on campus collaboration and implementation.

October 25, 2018

 

NACAS 2018

 

 

Colleges and universities are feeling pressure to reduce the costs of learning materials. At the same time, they’re also being asked to increase access and improve academic results. With myriad options claiming to solve all three challenges, it can be hard for institutions to know what really works — and what delivers results.

 

Last week, at the annual NACAS C3X conference, Barnes & Noble College presented Reducing Costs with Improved Results: The Student Perspective on Inclusive Access Programs, which discussed the benefits of its inclusive access model, First Day™ — and the successful implementation and results achieved on the campus of Wright State University (WSU).

 

Barnes & Noble College’s Vice President, Campus Solutions Ann Fraley and Director, Campus Solutions Nicole Guerrieri discussed the essential role students and faculty played in successfully launching WSU’s inclusive access program and included a key perspective from WSU’s campus — student body president Daniel Palmer.

 

 

 

 

Collaboration on Campus

Inclusive access offers first-day-of-class access to course materials at a discounted price and is included as a course materials charge with tuition. It was first introduced to WSU in 2013 to help address student access and affordability. The program slowly and steadily grew, expanding to more courses and departments each semester, but in 2017, when the Student Government Association (SGA) and Faculty Senate backed the affordability initiative, the program took off.

 

During the NACAS presentation, Fraley, Guerrieri and Palmer discussed the collaborative efforts taken by the SGA and WSU Bookstore to address student concerns about affordability and faculty concerns about academic freedom and access. The Faculty Senate also played an essential role by tasking their Student Success Committee with developing strategies to help reduce student costs. Those affordability goals included implementing:

 

• Inclusive access

• An auto-adopt policy

• Making textbooks exempt from state tax

• Encouraging faculty use of OER

 

When the Faculty Senate and SGA adopted a resolution urging faculty to consider less-expensive course materials, without compromising the quality of instruction initiatives, the bookstore’s First Day inclusive access program was expanded even further, ensuring students had their materials by the start of class at a reduced cost.

 

As a result, this fall semester, 6,000 WSU students are participating in the First Day inclusive access program across 40 courses and 120 sections — saving more than $675,000. Student member of the Board of Trustees, Austin Rains, praised the initiative and WSU for advancing the inclusive access program on his campus. “It is great to know that our university is leading the way in affordability initiatives.”

 

 

 

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