The changing world of textbooks continues to present interesting and new ways for students to save on course materials. The Campus Store incorporated Inclusive Access, digital materials for students in Canvas, last fall and it seems to show no signs of slowing down. We are seeing new publisher driven rental programs, subscription programs, and additional digital options for students that are geared toward saving students money.
Inclusive Access was first used on our campus during the Fall 2017 semester with two Engineering Fundamental courses. Students saw approximately 33% savings on their course materials. For Spring 2018, we expanded the program to include select sections in three additional departments: Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering Technology. Course participants are contacted via email before the beginning of the semester explaining the program. Students then receive several emails thereafter with information about the program, costs affiliated and saved, in addition to opt-out instructions. With the exception of one course, we saw an opt-out rate of under 2%, highlighting that 98% of students are using Inclusive Access to obtain their course materials when offered. The Campus Store has also experienced benefits from Inclusive Access including reduced costs, which keep the price down for students. As we continue to evolve the program and outline ways to measure success, we will seek the best solutions for students. Stay tuned for more info as we roll into Fall 2018!
For more information on this and other initiatives the Campus Store is involved in, please visit the Campus Store Website.