Higher education publishers and learning companies are developing personalized learning technologies and expanding choices for online and other digitally-based learning solutions.
Advancing Digital Platforms to Support Student Success
AAP’s Higher Education members represent the country’s leading education companies and developers of post-secondary course materials. Creating products and services that are affordable and pedagogically-advanced with interactive multimedia content for customized use by students through digital learning platforms and materials support colleges and universities in meeting increasingly challenging tasks of helping students to stay in school, become more fully engaged in learning, and significantly improve performance and graduation rates. Working with AAP staff, members help shape educational policy by engaging with policymakers, faculty, and students through advocacy, committee work and forums.
AAP’s Higher Education work emphasizes the role digital platforms and learning tools in:
- Improving student success, as measured by grades, retention and graduation
- Lowering students’ cost for course materials
- Lowering colleges’ and universities’ cost per pupil
By partnering with colleges and universities, textbook publishers and learning companies can offer students a new way to help students have course materials on the first day of class at a substantial discount. Inclusive Access makes it easier and cheaper to access digital materials.
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Creating Course Materials
High quality course materials require professional research, writing, editing, vetting, graphics and illustrations, design, production and distribution. Educational publishers also produce supplemental tools, faculty support materials and accessible materials for students with print disabilities.
College May be Expensive, but Textbook Spending is Down
It’s no secret that college is expensive. Students spend 39% to 68% of their overall yearly budget on tuition and fees alone, according to figures from the College Board. However, studies now show that students are spending less on course materials than previously.
Publishers and education companies are working to decrease college costs. Recent research from the National Association of College Stores found that students spent less than $580 on course materials in 2016-12017 academic year, nearly $23 less than the average spent in 2015-2016.
Why Students Choose Digital Course Materials
Digital is becoming a more popular option for today’s tech-savvy students. Learning companies and education publishers have developed a variety of digital course materials that use personalized learning technologies which helps students get better grades and decreases the cost of college.
Digital course materials can be used on virtually any device – laptop, tablet or smartphone. These platforms help students focus on areas where additional attention is needed and sends real-time results to instructors so they can adapt in-class instruction.
There’s no shortage of reasons why students choose digital course materials.
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Using digital learning materials, education companies help students cut costs and achieve more.
Roundtable discussions that bring stakeholders together to increase awareness on the role of publishing and technology in reducing higher education costs and improving student success
Higher Education Resources
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Higher Education Committees
Our committee members work with policymakers and post-secondary institutions to support student success by furthering the digital transformation of the classroom:
- Higher Education Committee: Works on initiatives to improve student success and oversees an active state-level advocacy program
- Higher Education Critical Issues Task Force: Focuses on issues involving the accessibility of course materials
Information and Insight
- Student Spending on Textbooks Declines to $579 or Less During 2016-2017 Academic Year Press Release
- FAQs for Back to Campus 2017: Course Materials (i.e. Textbooks)
- Digital Learning Technologies and Access Codes in Higher Ed Are Benefiting Students AAP Views
- Studies Show College Students Get Higher Grades and Learn More with Digital Course Materials Press Release
- College Textbook Spending Figure Often Misused AAP Views
- Students Spend $1,200 a Year on Textbooks? Most Don’t – It’s a Myth AAP Views
- Students Willing to Pay More for Course Materials Than Actually Spent AAP Views
- Print vs. Digital: Understanding Student Preference AAP Views
- What Do College Students Prefer – Print or Digital? AAP Views
- The Benefits of Digital Learning Digital Book World, February 24, 2016
- What Lies Ahead for the Digital Learning Revolution? David Anderson, AAP's Executive Director for Higher Education, penned an article for Media Planet's Education and Career News supplement
- Access Text Network: Founded by AAP and several of our members, AccessText Network helps ensure that students with disabilities have equal access to textbooks